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Expectations for a Beginner Ballerina

by Guest1906  |  12 years, 3 month(s) ago

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Dear Dianne,

Thanks for taking the time to help me out. I decided to start ballet class and had my first class yesterday evening. I felt like I did well for never taking ANY dance at all. I am 24 and although I don't have any professional goals, I want to be as good as can be reasonably expected. I have a sequence of questions. First, I'm training for my first marathon and want to make sure I don't overdo it with all my exercising and training. I know my body, and I can honestly say after one hour of ballet I could feel my shin splints acting up. I stayed after class and talked to my instructor about exercises I can do to strengthen my shins. What is your advice? Do you feel it is unwise to engage in running, ballet, along with my other sport boxing? I also do yoga weekly, which I feel will be helpful since I've never been flexible. What are your thoughts on all these sports combined with ballet? I only box and do ballet once per week right now. I run six days per week and do yoga once as well. I really enjoyed last nights class and would actually like to do it (ballet) more like twice a week!

My other question is regarding my “ballet timeline.” I would like to have an idea of how many years and how many hours per week I should be dedicating to ballet if I’d like to go on point someday. I’ve read about guidelines and requirements online, but not many of them relate to me since I’m older, not looking to pursue a career, and have no experience at all... except for last night :) So, what can I expect? I realize it would help you to see my feet and body structure, so here’s an idea to go from: I’m 5'2, 120 pounds, I’m in good physical shape and focus on a healthy diet. My feet are size 6 ½ (US) and my arches are normal, not high or low. I don’t pronate or ... the other one.. I’m sorry I can’t think of the word! As mentioned earlier, I’ve never been flexible. Yoga is helping and I have improved over the past couple of years. Attitude wise, I am a determined and ver dedicated person. Alright, that’s my novel of a question. Thank you so much for your help and expertise! I really am excited about this!

Truly,

Jennifer

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  1. Mitchel

    I would recommend you to read this informative article written by a professional dance medicine therapist. It deals with the issue of shin splints, you can access this article through this online source: thebodyseries.com/newsletters/2003/12/12_19_2003.html. Its better not to over exhaust our bodies, its daring that you have added so many sports in your routine to stay fit. If you want to excel in ballet dancing i would advice you to read ballet articles, you will come across some pretty useful information on ballet dancing techniques, you can access these articles through this online source: theballetstore.com

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