Ballet talk

Dance addiction

Ever since I knew about the art of ballet I was completely captivated by the magic and etherealness it expressed. Till this day, I am still amazed by the music and movements of ballet dancers. I knew I had to give it a shot. It took me a long time to realize it. I think my mum thought it was just a phase I had. But in all honesty, all the phases I had are still with me today. I still love horses and I have always had a fascination with acrobatics too. But nothing captured me more than Ballet.

When I dance I feel a happiness inside of me, that is invaluable.

So, now that summer is here I am looking more forward more than ever to dancing again. I am missing it terribly and when I do try to dance at home nothing compares to dancing in my ballet studio, as small as it is, it has become my second home.

It’s always on my mind. When I wake up the word ‘ballet’ is on the top of my tongue.

I definitely, have a dancer addiction.

Me playing around with photography. I look happy in this one.
Another one, telling myself to focus!
  

A quote that I really love and resonates with me.

 

 

Ballet talk

note to self ♡

Dear me/aspiring dancers,

Don’t be despondent about where you are now. Don’t feel like your life is on pause just because you aren’t there yet.

At times, you may feel like your dreams are impossible, but even miracles take a little time. You may not go down the conventional route of a dancer but know that you can still be different and achieve what your heart yearns for.

It might take countless failures and rejections to get to the top but do not let them be the sources of discouragement; let them be your foundation for a better endeavor next time.

You might feel a bit envious of girls who are fortunate to chase their dreams earlier in life. That’s fine, but remember not everyone’s story has to be conventional. Your’s can be an inspiration. 🙂

You may feel you are inadequate. People may hurt you with words. But you are stronger than you think. You started this journey for a reason and it is no good to give up halfway. NO one is going to help you get there, you are in charge of your life now.

And don’t feel the need to ask other people to reassure your aspirations. The trouble is by not risking anything you risk more.

When you look back, you will be happy that you listened to your heart. You just have to believe you can make it. Because in order for others to believe in your dreams you have to be the first person to believe it can happen.

Ask yourself the question “A year from now would you have wished you had started today?” 

 

“I can Accept failure. Everyone fails at something but I can’t accept not trying.” 

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“Be fierce. Face your biggest fear and don’t allow them to scare you. You are strong enough to overcome anything imaginable.”

 

Hey there everyone! This post is for me and for everyone else trying to pursue their dreams. At times, I am faced with discouragement and sometimes I feel like I should give up because the end goal seems almost impossible to reach. So, I have written this out, to encourage me and perhaps all aspiring dancers out there. Recently, I have seen so much success stories of young dancers I know and though I am happy for them, it honestly makes me unhappy with where I am. Now that I have overcome this sadness I wrote this to help others who may feel they are in a similar situation. Just know you are not alone and you can do it! 🙂

 

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Much Love

May-xxx

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Struggles of a teen Dancer

As a teenager life is difficult. As you grow up you begin to uncover new realizations and see the world in new and different eyes. Then, begins the journey of trying to find yourself. You go through a series of unsteady times in unsteady legs. You find yourself longing to fit in, to be a part of something that you believe is your safe haven.

I have to admit, when I first started dancing, especially dancing Ballet, it was extremely daunting. It was what I wanted, without a doubt but sometimes I feel immensely discouraged by the people around me. I have never told any of my friends about this passion of mine; simply because I am actually quite shy and reserved and nobody ever really was interested in my life. Also, many of the conversations with friends never seem to center around topics related to dancing. Many teenagers have little to no interest in this form of art. I, therefore keep this passion I have to myself being the introvert I am! I also find when you do open up to someone about your interest they seem to discourage you, perhaps without even realizing it.

“Aren’t you too old?”

 “you don’t have the ballet body.”

These words are the consistent ones and yes, at first I am quite affected by these inconsiderate words and it is extremely hard to overcome them sometimes, especially if you are sensitive. But don’t them get into your head too much. It is better said than done, unfortunately! Just remember this is YOUR life and YOU are the only one in charge of it. If you have only got one day to live would you care about what people say or chase your dreams and goals?

“Do more than just exist!”

So, fellow dancers don’t be discouraged. You have every right to do what you love. Even if you are not the most talented. It is the passion that makes the difference.  😉

I truly hope this post shines a little light into someone’s life. Often times, I feel down in the dumps about my own potential and passion for dancing. I want all late dancers and all dancers to know you are enough, even if you are not there yet!

Much LOVE,

May- xxx

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how much does it cost to be a dancer?

Following on from my previous blog I have mentioned how Ballet is not an easy path and how money can hinder a potentially talented individual. I feel that not a lot of people speak about the cons of dance except perhaps that hard work is expected. To be more precise, about the elitist nature of Ballet.

There is no doubt that Ballet can be expensive, more so perhaps than a lot of other extra-curricular activity, like sports, tennis, swimming or even music lessons etc. Classes can add up to the bulk of the price sometimes reaching up to a thousand euros sometimes even more. Furthermore, dancewear is heavily priced too. Perhaps it is because dancewear is not easily attainable or easily made? Nevertheless, the cost of being a dancer is considerably expensive. Nevermind the many pointe shoes one goes through in a year.

 

So, it is often a pity when young children who have so much potential do not get to fulfill their dreams because of this restraint. However, as they say, “if there is a will there is a way.” For the past year since I began dance, I was appalled at the extremely high prices and so I tried to find some alternative sources.

As I am a soon-to-be University student buying dancewear is the last thing on my mind in terms of expenses. So for the last couple of months since I started my dance journey I have endeavored to find a way that would enable me to spend as little as possible. I wasn’t very successful but here are 3 ways to help you along your dance journey. 🙂

  1. Subscribe to Online Dance Stores

This is very simple and you probably have done it already. It’s important to get updated by dancewears. Just recently, I have received an email informing me about a summer sale where all products were at 20% off. More often than not, these emails will inform you of new items, sales and other beneficial information that may help you in acquiring cheap dancewear and help you save money in the long run.  You are also more likely to keep an eye on the products of the website. Thus, you will know if there are any changes or new updates to the store.

 

2. Clearance!

I love looking at the clearance section of an online dance store. It has been the first thing I select when the homepage of a dance store appears on my screen. There are sure to be some gems so don’t forgo the clearance or sale section! 😉

3. Go to a local Dance Store 

In my local area, there is only one dance store available. I often find online dancewear to be much cheaper than in-store. But added with the shipping cost it may even cost more than buying locally. So, go local! It’s a great way to meet new people too who are sure to help you find the perfect fit in a leotard and even your dance shoes.

Hope these tips were helpful to all my ballet friends! 🙂 Also, have a nice day everyone and as always, see you in my next post.

Stay tuned for more!

Love May xxx

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why I don’t think it’s too late to start ballet

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are real.”

Being a ballerina means beautiful, ethereal and light movement but also sweat, tears, and great stamina for long hours of dancing.And finally, the lights turn on and curtain draw up for the moment all dancers hunger for and are addicted to. Then, they dance. Despite such an arduous living for a just one pivotal part of dancers’ lives, it is their life and their source of breathing. It is passion makes these moments unforgettable and what drives these dancers to strive for the perfect their bodies can enable them to do. This is the life of a dancer.

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If you can imagine yourself living this life, then you might just be on a path of a Dancer already. Chances are you will have to work extremely hard, perhaps even dance every day to catch-up with the rest of the girls or boys who are already adept in the dance world. You might be disappointed and discouraged along the journey but if you truly had the passion for pursuing this dream there is potential in the future. Contrary to popular belief, I believe it is possible to start as a late bloomer. As a late starter myself, I think I believe in it more than anything else. If you have not read my previous blog please go and have a look to glimpse a little into my dance journey. Already, I have been invited to the RAD Intermediate class with two other students who began their dance journey with me on the first day in September. Next term, after summer I will be attending intermediate class thrice a week! I can’t wait!

Anyways, back to the topic, it is entirely possible. I see so much young girl in their early teens and late teens losing hope in their passion for this art.

“It’s too late for me to do ballet.”

I think when people say this they mean they don’t see themselves becoming the next Svetlana Zakharova, Misty Copeland and/or Darcy Bussell. Thus, these young teens end up not doing dancing at all. Which I think is a pity because dancing is not about becoming the next prima ballerina, it is about enjoying the beautiful art of ballet. In my opinion, if you have this mindset stated above you don’t have the passion for dance at all. Passion means you pursue it, despite setbacks and discouragement. It means loving it from the heart, not of where it can lead you.

So, dancers, I think it’s important to reflect on your outlook and if you can make sacrifices for this big dream of yours. But, I also know that it’s not that simple. Money is a huge problem and soon I will have a post concerning this issue, so look forward to that! Ballet is very expensive but never give up so easily!

This post is a shout out to all late- starters in the dance world! 

As always thanks for reading. Stay tune for more! 

EDIT: you might be wondering why I am posting two posts on the same day. Initially, I made another website with another wordpress account but it got me very confused and I wanted to concentrate my writing for a specific audience. Also, following and follower was very puzzling too. So, here is the reason why! 😉

May-  😉

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Ballet talk

Hello World

Hi there! My name is May and this is a new blog that I have wanted to start for a very long time. You might recognize me from another blog where I post snapshots of my life but mostly about my thoughts and feelings. I have decided to start this blog dedicated to something I am passionate about and share with all of you readers about dance and who are willing to hear and read about my life. I’m 17 and in my final year in secondary school or high school for all my western and eastern readers and I live in Europe. Since September I have begun ballet and thus this will be all about it. I can’t wait to share with you all aspiring dancers too about my dance journey as a late dancer. Perhaps it will inspire all other dancers like me who wanted to pursue a career in dance but started out late. I’m not entirely sure if I will end up attempting to have a career in Dance but right now I am going to enjoy it as I have always wanted to.

“Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion; to reach the stars, to change the world”  -Harriet Tubman

 

 

 

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Dear readers, hope you like this introduction of a snippet of my life as a dancer and rest assured there will be more to come. 😉

See you soon xx 

May.