je danse dans ma tete Posted August 14, 2008 Report Share Posted August 14, 2008 In most of my classes, we are permitted to wear warmups as long as they do not prevent the teacher from seeing our alignment. In one class, however, the teacher has put a strict ban on warmups... no legwarmers, no little knit shorts, no ballet wrap sweaters, no ballet skirts, no anything! She says it is unprofessional (which may be true, but we are not pretending to be anywhere near a professional or even pre-professional level) and sloppy and offends her eyes. I really, really, really need to wear warmups. I guess I have some body image issues and I can't dance without them because I get disgusted by looking at myself in the mirror. The image issues started a decade ago in my early teen years, but resurfaced a couple months ago in the ballet context when a teacher said during one exercise at the barre that if I engaged my quads they wouldn't be so jello-y and my line would be lovely. I know she was talking more about pulling up but it brought back a lot of feelings. I find that since that day, when I wear warmups I am more confident and able to focus purely on dancing- on what my body can do rather than on what it looks like. I need legwarmers to cover up my calves, shorts or a skirt to hide my thighs, and a sweater or rolldown warmup pants to cover my middle. Sometimes arm warmers. Most of it comes off as I get hot, except perhaps the skirt or shorts. It's never really been an issue before because I still choose things that are tight enough so my lines and joints are visible. I know that I need this extra class in order to keep improving, but I am by no means a rebel and would never dream of going against a teacher's expectations. I am on the verge of unregistering, I'm not sure what to do. Without my warmups I feel so exposed and vulnerable. Quote Link to comment
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