ami1436 Posted June 16, 2008 Report Share Posted June 16, 2008 Hello everyone....! In the past few years that I've been on these boards, I've been happy for many of you fellow adult dancers. We have dancers who have danced with companies, got great musical theatre jobs (SingerWhoMoves, where are you?), who have gone to ADC, are intensively training over the summer, starting new dance courses, who have started pointe, submitted PhDs, come back from injury, made films, started teaching, started familes (yay!) etc. I thought it might be interesting and fun to take stock and share stories.... Think of it as a mega-champagne couch, but with educational components! But, I'm also putting this on the technique boards because I think with this growth/personal narrative also comes a technical narrative, that includes an understanding of our own bodies, a greater nuanced appreciation of our own techical accomplishments and challenges, and an increasing acknowledgement of the complexity of detail within technique. I'd also love to hear stories from our teacher-moderators and their experience with encouraging adult dancers through some of these life transitions. I'll start - I'm spurred to write this because a year ago today I did an ENB/Adult Ballet Day at the RAH and thought that it would be my last class ever... Yup, I thought I was quitting, and here I am! It's been a long journey back - due to some personal issues, my dissertation and later defense, and later an ankle injury, I didn't get back into it really until mid-March. I've learned that nothing matters - number of classes, performance opportunities, 'status' - NOTHING - if there is not supported by a fabulous teacher who generally practices good training practices. I have found the strength to say NO to dancing, if these conditions are not met. It's not an easy thing to do, but so good for me in the long run. I'm dancing with three lovely teachers right now who are encouraging and supportive. I'm very very very slowly getting back into point work with lots of intensive eyes on me. And here's another thing I've learned: sometimes, some serious time off can help one overcome plateaus. My alignment in class is so much better now because I'm a bit beyond the time needed to have to unlearn bad habits, so I'm starting a bit from scratch. This has suddenly made me an en dedan pirouette person, which is nuts! These teachers that I'm with now have been both understanding of the challenges of life (and the final days of a PhD, crazy workloads, etc) as well as understanding of my need to dance - in some ways, I guess I feel that they have a decent understanding of me as a well-rounded person. One of the teachers is a former professional that I take classes with - she heard me say that I missed performing, and invited me to come to her rep class that she teaches to some of the older teens. I learn the variations on flat, but it's been a lovely way for me to still have the opportunity to express myself through dance, and I'm so thankful that she recognised my desire to do this and treats me as a normal member of class. We've learned four Kitri variations, which has been fab (I'm doing them on demi, don't worry!) I guess beyond the PhD I don't have a big 'movin' on up' story, but I am glad to be back dancing, and right now that feels significant enough! I'm moving in a month, and just hoping that I can find some more excellent teachers.... Quote Link to comment
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