Sunday, September 7, 2008
At the barre
We had our first ballet class on Friday, and I am in love. It was, quite possibly, one of the most relaxing, rewarding, and satisfying learning experiences I've had. We dove right into barre exercises and then did combinations on the center floor, and I loved every minute of it.
I was also amazed because even though the last time I took ballet was when I was five years old, and I don't remember too much about it except for my pea green tutu-style leotard, my muscles seemed to recall a lot more. I instinctively remembered how I was supposed to hold my fingers while doing plies, how to point my toes during tendus, how to keep my torso straight during an arabesque. And all the while, I was concentrating so hard on following the teacher's combinations that worries and anxieties of everyday life just seemed to magically melt away.
This must be why there has been a resurgence of interest in adult ballet classes. In addition to the mental benefits, recreational ballet has tremendous physical benefits such as increasing strength and flexibility (both of which I sorely lack). It is also a wonderful cardio workout and a great part of a fitness regimen.
Check out my sister's dance blog for more ballet fun, as well as this funny and sweet New York Times article about adult ballet classes.
I can't wait for the next class!