Ballet talk

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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Ballet talk

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-  😉

xxx

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Studio life

“today is a perfect day to start living your dream”

 

Last Friday was my last day in Ballet class and already I am missing it. This week has been extremely hectic as I had many exams to do. However, I was fortunate to be able to attend dance classes twice a week this week. It was honestly the best week of ballet class  I had. It was without a doubt beyond challenging but I felt I really improved since the beginning of my ballet journey. I, however, wish my teacher would push us more. Currently, there are two other teenagers in the same class as me and who have also begun the same time as I did in Septemeber and every Friday we would learn and dance the intermediate Foundation level material. On Thursday we practice our grade 3 material and on this day we have around four more new teenagers who are also passionate about dance! If anyone is wondering, I’m currently taking the RAD syllabus. (Royal Academy of Dance) Last Thursday, my teacher challenged us to do passe turns coupled with chaines ending with your arms in second position arabesque. It was difficult but an amazing exercise. I was happy with my progress. However, I think turning my head is still something I need to work on.

I can’t wait until the next term comes around! A lot of change is about to happen as I will be attending University next year, I’m hoping to pursue Physiotherapy. I hope this will bring me to understand the human body better which will enable me to apply this into my dancing too. 😉

 

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Now, that’s summer vacations here and I don’t have any exams (bar one-Spanish on Tuesday) I am looking forward to getting stronger and practicing more on my passe turns, chaines and pirouettes! 🙂

Thanks everyone for reading my posts. I REALLY appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed glimpsing a bit into my life! So long, and see you in my next post. 😉 Definitely, looking forward to writing more about ballet related topics and me as a late starter. So stay tuned for more.

M-

 

 

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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.