Anonymous asked: Are you a dancer yourself? Are you a professional? or did/do you attend a full time ballet school or just some kind of more amateur school? how long have you been dancing? or maybe you're just a ballet lover? I'm just curious? :) love your blog btw xx
I started at age 3 or so at a recreational school & was initially more interested in acting. As I got into my pre-teen years the ballet master took some notice of me & I was asked to join the performance group & double my load of ballet classes. When I was 11, I started to really appreciate ballet after I saw The San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. I then auditioned for & attended a prestigious middle & high school for the arts where I danced for 2-5 hours during the day.
Although I desperately wanted a more rigorous training program for after school, my mother couldn’t afford it. I continued unhappily at that studio for a few years until I began to attend pre-professional summer programs on partial scholarship. Once my technique improved from the wonderful training I received at summer intensives, I was able to enroll at a more professional studio at home on scholarship.
I found, however, that as much as I loved ballet, it was often extremely emotionally & physically taxing for me, & I had some resulting psychological repercussions from it. Ultimately, I decided not to pursue it as a career because it wasn’t for me. I still love it though & take class when I can. Unfortunately, I don’t dance very regularly these days (I rock climb several times a week though!). I just graduated from university & moved to a new city, so hopefully I can get into the studio soon.