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Heartful Mermaid

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I first posted this on Ballet Alert, but was told that this would be a better forum for that. Whoops. If you see it there too, please know it was an honest mistake. 

Here is my dance background- I started ballet when I was six, and did 7 1/2 hours per week of mostly ballet with some modern (mostly Graham, which I loved) in my teens and very early twenties. I am in my late twenties and have not danced in a while, and am trying to get back into it. My ballet teacher taught technically and gave us individual attention. However, when I visited other schools I learned that she never taught us some of the most advanced steps/terminology, such as entrechat.

This summer I  was asked if I wanted to teach some ballet lessons over zoom to an eleven-year-old family friend while she was in the process of switching studios for various reasons. Don't worry, though, I stayed in my "scope of practice." I don't claim to be able to teach her the most advanced steps, and she was not ready for them anyway, although I have visited other studios and done a lot of internet research. The kinds of things I taught her were some easy/intermediate jumps, linking steps, and pull your tummy up and in, and pretend your rib cage and pelvis are lego blocks that are stacked on top of each other. I am wishing her much luck at her next studio.

I like to be a life long learner, so I will probably come with some questions in the adult ballet student forum. Thank you for this providing this.

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Welcome Heartful Mermaid and thank you for introducing yourself in our Welcome Forum. We look forward to your posts in the future. Enjoy your journey in ballet!!

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