Guest Jeujeucda Posted October 7, 2002 Report Share Posted October 7, 2002 Hi everyone! I'm so glad to have found this forum! I'm not the only adult serious-wannabe around! I started ballet at first this April just to help with my figure skating (nowhere and never will be near the Olympics though). But now I'm also hooked on it! I only wish my parents had encouraged me when I was 4 to stay with it instead of quitting (they say I complained my feet hurt.) I'm in my mid-20s now. Anyway, a few questions: 1. I'm confused as to which is better, canvas or leather slippers? 2. Aside from stopping classes (which I'm not about to), how can I get rid of shin splint? It started a few weeks ago but comes and goes. I take ibuprofen during skating cuz that's when I can really feel it (hard boot) but know it's from ballet. 3. Everywhere I can only find Adult Beginner/Intermediate once/week classes. I don't want to be stuck in these forever but actually progress to pointe one day (not 10 years from now). How can this be done? What have you guys done? 4. I am very flexible naturally (i.e. splits, fold over, leg over head, etc, without effort) but not strong (i.e. never could do proper butterfly in competitive swimming) How can I increase strength for ballet? 5. Do you lose or put on weight with ballet? I've lost about 3 lbs since adding ballet (four classes/week). I'm at 117 lbs at 5'5 1/2". I'm slender to the world, but sure look curvy compared to dancers. What are the norms for ballet, especially if you want to go on pointe one day? Thanks! Jeujeucda Quote Link to comment
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