jazzyme Posted September 24, 2008 Report Share Posted September 24, 2008 Hi all. I haven't been here in some time... school and work and everything has taken precedence in my life, so here is what I have been up to, and some short observations. These may not be the most relevant-to-dance thoughts, which is why this is on Buddy Board. I still lurk here now and then, even though I haven't been able to dance in some time. There were a lot of factors going into my leave... one of which was the fact that my studio is rather small, and mostly a highschool-and-under crowd. A year or so out of high school and I was fine, older than most, but still fine... then it just felt weird, as all the girls I knew began to graduate and leave for college, and I became that old person who was always in the back because she was tall. I have to commute to classes, and it just became too much of a stress. That, combined with a recurring stress fracture in my right foot (and likely unsuitable feet to begin with... ) led me to simply taking a few dance classes here at college, more for fun than anything. Our dance team is the football-game pom-pon style that do lots of "hip hop" and other crowd-pleasing gigs, which was never my style, so I failed to fit in with them. I was left with the question... what do I do now? I have years of the strength and flexibility of a dancer, but am mostly unable to dance, uncomfortable at the available studios and having to live some distance away... The answer was: martial arts. Yep, back in May, I took up taekwondo at a local well-reputed dojang, and my experience has been AMAZING! I have the jumping ability, the flexibility, the balance, and the strength required to really excel in this, and there are people of all ages in my class. I also have a huge advantage in coordination! There are so many people in my class who can't get their arms to work with their legs, their hips with their shoulders... they can't remember sequences of forms... and dance has trained me a lot about memorization, and also really put me in tune with my body and the way it moves, which helps so very much! I will be getting my green belt in October and I haven't been this happy since I got my pointe shoes! ATA (the american organization for taekwondo) has competitions and studios all over - much more numerous than dance studios - so I am confident that no matter where I go, I will be able to continue study. It's a nice feeling! Really this was just an observation on where dance can take you, when you cannot dance any longer - it's something to think about, if you ever find that you cannot dance. Every girl (and boy!) needs some good self-defense training, I think. There are things to overcome and retrain (like having to flex your feet with every move, rather than point.. haha!) but all my prior exercises have translated beautifully into this new world. Tournaments are my new competitions. Sparring gear is my new dance shoes. My instructors are every bit as wise as my dance instructors and I am just as loyal, and although I dearly miss my dancing days, I appreciate the stress relief, the fitness, and the physical outlet afforded to me by taekwondo! I hope everyone is doing well! Best of luck! Quote Link to comment
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