Ballet is a cruel mistress who won't let you go ...

I do joke to people talking about taking up ballet, that they have to be prepared to disappear down the rabbit hole...  and may never resurface to their previous life.

I say joke but I regularly make 80+ mile round trips to take my normal classes Lady Bay Ballet,
 Hype Dance  because of  diary / teacher / level  factors and feel little concern at  doing a 200+ mile  round trip to get class with other favoured favoured teachers and/or big names - a big shout to Karen Sant, Kevin Edward Turner, or David Kierce(DPK) there (and don't blush at  those comparisons Karen you are a fabulous teacher and KNT is a fabulous organisation).

People think that  people are being  daft when  they talk of 'ballet family' in relation to  to the adult ballet community, but the reality is  there are families of choice in dance , at all levels...   even the most  strait laced ballet class   requires you to share  yourself and your vulnerabilities with the others in the studio.

Two big parts of my 'Ballet family' which do have quite a considerable overlap are the community of dancers around The Ballet Retreat   and the  community that is forming with Powerhouse Ballet  - time for declarations of potential bias here - I am a very happy paying customer of TBR . I am part of the  management committee of Powerhouse.

with all this joyous talk , why  is ballet a cruel mistress ?

She is a cruel mistress because  you are never good enough...  but it is a case that you are never good enough for yourself...  one thing i've found  among  dancers  both contemporary and ballet  is that  regardless of age / ability  and 'dancing age' (i.e. how long you have been dancing) that people are always pushing to develop  their skills...   Often we (dancers ) are our own worst enemies,   and that doesn't matter if you are 9, 19, 49 , or 89 years old ...  in that  we are never happy,  you get your pirouette, you want a double,  then you want it en pointe ...  you manage a fouette and you want 32... 

Even when you get a hearty dose of Aussie ballet master straight talking from Fiona Noonan or DPK...

comparison and perfection are  the two biggest  thieves of Joy ...   yet as a dancer  what do  we  spend far too long  engaged in ...  comparing ourselves to others - whether our peers or  to  the big names   and  seeking  perfection  rather than good enough ... 

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