Guest Ilaria Posted November 30, 2004 Report Share Posted November 30, 2004 (I'm not really new here, I just wanted a less-recognizable username since I suspect one of my new teachers may read this board.) I am currently in an intermediate level adult class, in which the students range from high school to probably late 20s. I'm 21. Most of us are advanced beginners but the class is taught a bit above us, i.e. we can do the combinations but it ain't necessarily pretty Here's the thing - the teacher puts conditioning exercises into barre, like long series of releves or raising your leg repeatedly up from horizontal. I'm in pretty good shape, and I have a background in sports so I can deal with pain and pushing myself, but these exercises! They go on forever! Last week I could literally feel my back start to seize up during arabesques, and if the teacher doesn't like someone's form we have to do it over. I'm okay with being sore, but I don't think I should spend the three days after class walking around like an old woman with my calf muscles hurting to touch them. Is it okay for me to downgrade these exercises (for example, do releves on two feet rather than one) or stop them early if I feel like I am really being overexerted? I feel like what we are being asked to do is a little much for recreational dancers and I'm worried about hurting myself. I have always loved ballet class but frankly I'm wanting to avoid this one entirely. Quote Link to comment
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