hart Posted November 2, 2005 Report Share Posted November 2, 2005 I am feeling encouraged because I feel like I am actually improving a little bit. I have tended to be so frustrated in the past because I have not been able to replicate body sensations from one class to the next. Over the last several weeks, I have been focusing almost solely on learning how to pull-up while relaxing my tailbone down. I am not quite sure why I am beginning to feel a basic sense of mastery in this area when I have struggled to do things consistently in the past, but it feels good. Maybe it is because I am in my third year and things are starting to click. Maybe it is just that my stress levels are a little lower and I can focus in class more easily. I just don't know. I do know that over the last several weeks I have gained some clarity about ballet's role in my life along with what I value in ballet. When it comes to learning ballet, I have decided that I just really want to work hard on the fundamentals. The fundamentals just seem to make almost every step in ballet so much easier to do. I am learning to just enjoy the slow, steady process and quality of my work over taking classes where I do complicated stuff but look stupid. There is a reason why kids don't look stupid when they get to the more advanced classes; they've spent seven years getting there. When I am fifty, I may not have a 120 degree arabesque, but I can still look like a dancer. And who knows, perhaps by then, I will have learned a little bit about what it means to be an artist. Quote Link to comment
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