I’ve always loved to dance. I wanted to take dance lessons as a child, but couldn’t. So here I am, at age 45, taking my first ballet class.

My instructor, the lovely Miss Leah, asked me what my goals were last night as we were doing our warm up stretches. I didn’t have an answer at the time, but here’s what I’ve thought of since:

  • To become stronger physically
    I think this will help relieve the onset of aches and pains.  I’m not as strong as I was in my 30s.  I’m not happy about this change, so I need to do something about it.
  • To work on memory skills and mindfulness
    Anyone who knows me knows that I remember almost nothing of importance at any given moment.  The most common thing overheard when around me is “I don’t remember”.  
  • To become more comfortable with the way I look.
    Hence the film above.  I understand that I’m not an ogre, but I’ve never felt good about the way I look.  So I’m trying to be more forgiving of my own reflection- and mirrors are a big part of ballet.  I’m going to be looking at myself a lot.  The film is also to show myself (hopefully) the improvements I’m making as we go along this 15 week program.

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