Georginov Posted December 16, 2008 Report Share Posted December 16, 2008 Here's my story. I started classes when I was 11. It was an intensive first year on a scholarship with Vladimir Marek. I continued intensively until about the age of 15 or 16 and then off and on until 17 or 18. I was really good with a lot of promise. Had several roles in smaller company productions. Again, I was going to the moon. Well, life happened. Married x2 and raised kids (almost done). I'm now 38 and haven't thought about ballet in 20 years. To the point that I can't remember some of the simpler terms. Recently I stumbled across an old Dance Magazine and fealt all of the fire come back and, as if by fate, came into contact with an old friend who has started ballet later in life and is doing quite well. She has been bugging me to take classes again. Not really annoying me but she is keeping that fire kindling. I am at the point that I am seriously considering doing it. Now, I am out of shape although making progress before all of this talk started. I look more like the King of Queens than the King of the fouettes now. It's strange that part of the reason I would like to get back into ballet is to get in shape but I don't want to get back in ballet until I AM in shape. I know that my body is older and doesn't stretch near as much. I know that my mind remembers the technique, even if it doesn't remember the terms, but my muscle memory is shot. I also know that my goals will have to come way down from dreaming of becoming a principle dancer for NYC Ballet to just not hurting myself. My question was going to be "Am I crazy?" but ,after reading some of the ages you guys listed, I know that I'm not crazy and that it is possible. I think that my biggest adversary will by my psyche. My question now is, do you older guys have any advice for me? Maybe something that can help this former "Nureyev wannabe" accept his new role in a class with soccer moms and little girls who will probably be showing me up on a daily basis. Quote Link to comment
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