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.