cal_lawton Posted December 29, 2005 Report Share Posted December 29, 2005 OK, so I have been lurking the adult-oriented boards here for a while now, assessing the nature of the conversations, the sincerity of the questions, and the quality and content of the responses. Like the vocation, the things said here are intimate, with the expectation of the subject becoming public. Now it is my turn. I have been a classical dancer for 20 years -- half my life (that is 140 if you are a dog). I have been angry, frustrated, grumpy, sad, happy, joyful, and pleased with ballet. Yes, I have had many coaches in many places. Yes, I have been on stage. It suits me, and is the only selfish thing I do in life. On May 31st of this year I was hit by a car. Me. My person. The accident occurred the day after my 40th birthday (some guys just get cake). I will save you from the details -- other than I did end up lying in the middle of city street pavement looking up at the clouds, while strangers in a sort of semi-circle peered down at me. They told me not to move, that they called FIRE-EMS, and asked my name. Curiously no one would would look me in the eye when I responded, but turned their gaze elsewhere. It did not hurt at the time. That is creepy to read, and creepier to write about. That was the easy part, so this is the hard part: I am working to assemble a Renaissance Team, (http://www.sciandmed.com/mppa/journalviewer.aspx?issue=1133&article=1342) and is the reason for this posting. I have access to a great number of medical professionals in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. They are all excellent people and are very good at what they do. Yet, they do not know anything of the kinesiology of ballet. I need to find people who do know what injured dancers need, expect, and want. I will go anywhere to find medical professionals who know these things. Who do you know? I am not a goal-oriented guy, as goals are by their very nature an ending. I am, however, objective-oriented. Objectives are points along a path, like way-points or mile markers. Reaching an objective is a step achieved while traveling. Overcoming my injuries is an objective, the path is dancing. The path for me does not end. To ease the emotional and intellectual burden I have created I will finish with this: I wake in the morning, eat my cereal, drink a cup of coffee, then go to work. I take class, too. Yes, I have a lawyer. So there it is. An otherwise private matter made public, with the intent of seeking not sympathy but input from others. p.s. No crying allowed, because this is ballet -- there is no crying in ballet! Quote Link to comment
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