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Hi everyone...i've been extremely interested in taking up ballet late too (i'm 22). I took it for about two years, between 9-11 i think it was. Pathetic! I wish i didn't quit

I'm very strong and fit so i'm not worried about that part. I was more concerned with whether it's possible to become a *good* ballet dancer so late? I'm not saying i want to become professional...but i wouldn't mind knowing i may have that option if i train hard and have some talent (i'd have to find out that last bit! haha). So basically, I would like to be able to be a really good dancer still (if i have the talent ). But do you think it's too late to become really good? I wish i could get the opportunity to perform sometime too if it would be possible anywhere. I love dance and theatre so much...i wish i got into it more when i was younger.

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oh yes, you can do it that's one of the best things about dance- once you learn it, you can do it until the day you die! I think you're correct on your thought that you probably won't become a professional now (typically it takes years of all-consuming practice to really reach that level); but you can certainly become good and perhaps evenhave the chance to perform with local companies!

You say you are already fit (perhaps you play a sport or go to the gym daily?); ballet really does requirea unique set of muscles andtype of movement, however your current fitness level will definitely help you out. And if you are passionate about becoming a better dancer, like willing to take corrections and make the time committment, then that counts for a whole heck of a lot!

Another thing I would recommend is privately talking to your instructor. Explain to him/her that you recognize the reality of your situation (you've only had a few years of training, it has been some time since, and you don't have out-of-this-world career expectations), and then emphasize that you are really interested in learning/taking their corrections/and have a desire to be there. Your instructor will respect you so much for this gesture!!! Plus, it will give your teacher a new respect for you and will be more likely to pay attention to you in class

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i really enjoyed reading this thread!

i'm not a ballet dancer at all, but my boyfriend is a ballet teacher at the rock school (pennsylvania ballet) in philadelphia. he didn't start dancing until he was 19, and within 2 years toured japan and joined a respected modern dance company, philadanco! (is it obvious that i'm proud of him? lol)

anyway, i've gotten to watch him teach some of his classes (*swoon*) and i got the chance to attend the school's final recital before i left for hawaii (i'm a professional hawaiian dancer). it was sooo amazing! seeing that and reading this thread now has me wanting to learn! i'm old(er) but i think it would be fun...when i move to philly, i'm gonna make him teach me.

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hi!
I just got some new pointes today, and it came with this instruction to brake in the shoe.. and I didnt understand any of it Does anyone got any good pointers on braking in a new shoe?

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teakrist, what brand of shoe are they? you have to be careful with different brands because you dont want to break them in too much and some are easier to do so then others. also if you dance a lot, i find it best to get two pairs of shoes, i was dancing six days a week up to six hours a day and i would go through pointe shoes like crazy.

one way that works is to put your shoes on before class and get the box of the shoe slightly wet not covered in water but damp then go to class. the water softens the box and it helps mold the shoe more to your foot. Here is a video as well that shows some basic techniques to break in your new pointe shoes! Hope this helps some
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-PNqJr9z4

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teakrist, what brand of shoe are they? you have to be careful with different brands because you dont want to break them in too much and some are easier to do so then others. also if you dance a lot, i find it best to get two pairs of shoes, i was dancing six days a week up to six hours a day and i would go through pointe shoes like crazy.

one way that works is to put your shoes on before class and get the box of the shoe slightly wet not covered in water but damp then go to class. the water softens the box and it helps mold the shoe more to your foot. Here is a video as well that shows some basic techniques to break in your new pointe shoes! Hope this helps some
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX-PNqJr9z4
my pointes are bloch. I dont dance as much as you, so Id reckon they'd hold until late fall. But anyway, thanks for the pointers! Ill try to wet the box a bit before my next class!
However, the hardest part for me, are the soals, they're so stiff, its soo hard to go through a demi-pointe, and make it look nice... maybe some pointers with what to do with them?
thanks for the video

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There is adult ballet classes at my university in September. I might join. I always secretly wanted to be a ballerina, since I was little. Now, I want to be healthy and push my body to see what it can do.

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There is adult ballet classes at my university in September. I might join. I always secretly wanted to be a ballerina, since I was little. Now, I want to be healthy and push my body to see what it can do.
I was a ballerina from the age of 3 to 11 and always wish I did not quit. I am thinking of taking adult classes too. My friend is 27 and takes them. I give her lots of credit. This thread has actually inspired me...and I think I might just take some classes!

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my pointes are bloch. I dont dance as much as you, so Id reckon they'd hold until late fall. But anyway, thanks for the pointers! Ill try to wet the box a bit before my next class!
However, the hardest part for me, are the soals, they're so stiff, its soo hard to go through a demi-pointe, and make it look nice... maybe some pointers with what to do with them?
thanks for the video
hmm Iím not surprised, bloch have really, really hard soles and I found them to be really hard to break in and look good. is this your first pair of shoes then? and did you try other brands? And what did you teacher say about them? everyoneís feet are different but when I first started I wore capezio contempora which I liked but I wore them out so, so quickly. I had one pair that were bloch and hated them. I then tried grishko 2007s and fell in love, I also had a pair of chacott coppelia which I liked as well. I never liked bloch or freed I just didnít like how they looked but again shoes work differently for different people.

all this talk of ballet is making me so emotional i miss dancing so much!

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How high is the danger of damaging your feet if you're too heavy for ballet? My friend who does ballet is worried about getting stress fractures in her feet.

Two of her classmates who are about about 5'8.5 and 65 kilos (that coverts to about 143 pounds) both have stress fractures in their feet because they're too heavy for ballet. What would be causing this? Their weight? Improper technique? Or a combination of things?

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^ I think it could be a combination of things but hey, I'm not an expert by any means How long have they been at it? Maybe if their muscles aren't strong enough, combined with wrong technique, it could explain it... the weight factor can't tell us much... I weigh about that and am that tall... but they could have a totally different body!

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glad its not just me then I try to brake them in, and treat them kinda rough, compared to what I have done to other pointes, but its just not getting that much better... maybe Ill try one of your suggestions after a little while on the blochs... it kinda sucks to buy new pointes (its not exactly cheap) and then dont like them.. well well... I used to dance on capezio pavlowa but they were a little narrow for me, so they kinda gave me a scare

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hey guys... got a problem: i dont know if this year i should start again ballet, because last year it took me too much time(all saturdays i'd been praticing, ) but i know that if i dont start it again im gonna regret that because next year it'll be my last high school year and there is a big exam and definetly i will not be able to do ballet...argh!! dunno what to do, what do you think??


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always dance! yes, you have to balance school and your other committments, but no matter what always find a way to dance occassionally otherwise you'll regret it

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