jazzyme Posted August 11, 2006 Report Share Posted August 11, 2006 I haven't been dancing very long. Not long enough, if you ask me, but already I can't see myself without dance. I'm not pre-pro, and I enjoy many disciplines of dance besides ballet, but this "hobby" is so incredibly addictive, as you all know. I might get along without it for a while, but once I put those tights back on I can't imagine ever quitting. The problem is that all of the local studios here are of the high-school-aged competitive company variety and while I can still take general classes there, I'm the oldest in the class and have been so for a while now. (There's an 'adult class' which is mostly middle-aged dance moms, but it's very much below my level.) With every new girl moving up into my level, the age gap grows and grows. This doesn't bother me terribly, but I am afraid of sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb when recital time comes, dancing among 16-year olds when I turn 21 in a few weeks. It's occurred to me that this might be the last year I'll be able to dance with the studio. I've had a very good time, of course, and I love the people there. I would love to live in a bigger city and be able to take class with people my age, but until I finish college, that isn't possible. I'm beginning my junior year. Nobody would make me leave the studio, but I'm getting somewhat uncomfortable there. Perhaps it wouldn't be so bad if I weren't also the tallest one! On pointe I hover well above my fellow dancers. Not to mention, a 21-year old who's been dancing for five years looks a bit different in a white tutu than a 16-year old who's been dancing for 13 years... but that's beside the point. Has anyone had to take a similar break from dance? I'm thinking of taking up a martial art to fill the gap, because I really love the focus that physical hobbies bring me. Martial arts would definitely help with the focus and discipline, but like I said, once I put those tights on, I never want to leave. I feel sick just thinking about having to give it up for such an undetermined amount of time. How do you cope with these things? Any advice would be appreciated greatly. Thank you. Quote Link to comment
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