Thursday, April 1, 2010

Young Dancers

image at art.com

 Readers like iheartkiwi and the button hole have commented that they took ballet classes as a young child.  In fact, Brandi from Not Your Average Ordinary said in yesterday's post about dance bags: "I called my mother today and told her to start looking for my ballet slippers. I know I have at least two pairs. Somewhere in that house."

My question for you is this: Did you take dance lessons as child?  If so, what kind?  If not, did you always secretly wish to don a tutu or tap in fancy shoes?  Also, are you like me and secretly way too hopeful that your daughter will take up dance?

Speaking of little dancers, one of my lesson plans is featured on the awesome creative dance blog Move. Create. Educate.  A big thank you to Maria, who is a teacher in New York City at the Mark Morris School of Dance.  I love Mark Morris and I'm auditioning for his Summer Intensive in just a few weeks.


29 comments:

  1. my daughter has been dancing since the day she could walk.. she will put her hands up like a ballerina and twirl. I've no idea where she got it! I am so hopeful that she will enjoy ballet when she is old enough to start going!

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  2. I took ballet when I was really little, like first grade. Then we moved and for some reason (I don't know why) my mother never put me in dance lessons again. I had singing and acting lessons, but for years I was convinced I wasn't a dancer. I think I am in some ways though and I'm glad I've picked it up as an adult.

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  3. You pose the best questions! When I was very little I've taken ballet, but I don't remember enjoying it much. Now that I'm an adult I wish I could find the time to fit in a dance class regularly into my life and wear the tutu! This is cheesy, but I'm inspired by movies like Step Up.

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  4. OH man I was the tap and jazz queen!! Took it for AGES along with ballet. So much fun.

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  5. My little niece is taking classes now~ nothing better than to watch those little ones dance!

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  6. I didn't dance, which I try not to be sad about (wishing I had started dance way back when), because I'm dancing now! :)

    My hammy is doing okay... thanks for your supportive comment!! :)

    xoxo J

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  7. another lovely post - Happy Easter to you !

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  8. I took ballet lessons beginning at age 4 and did it off and on for almost 8 years. During my off times, I did gymnastics, to which my parents were so hopeful that I'd one day train for the Olympics (sigh, such high aspirations for such this little one =) But it was fun.

    But when I moved for high school, I never got back into it and even though there were many plans to return, it never happened (which is probably for the best, or else I would have never met you in CG!)

    Anyhow, when I finally settled out here in SF, I ended up buying a brand new pair of ballet slippers. Sadly they've sat unused. It's been difficult to find a studio that offers classes to "dancers who're returning from a very long vacation" rather than studios dedicated to professional dancers (IE: Lines). I discovered the YMCA by my work offers adult ballet classes, so I'm going to check that out, but perhaps you may know of other adult, non-professional dance classes. Maybe this could be a future topic,yes? (pretty please?) =)

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  9. That picture is adorable. I was a gymnast not a dancer. Sometimes I wonder how it would've been different. I just hope my kids are involved.

    Thanks so much for all of your congrats on my engagement!

    http://senseofstyleiseternal.blogspot.com/

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  10. Awww you are so sweet to mention me in the post! Are you coming to NYC for the audition? If so, maybe we could meet up? :)

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  11. I've always loved dance and I've taken salsa, merengue and belly dance lessons.

    http://diyainherstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  12. Awww how adorable??!! Tiny dancers ;)
    And I totally always wish I could don a tutu!!!

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  13. Such cuties. No, I never had dance classes, I think I was a way to sturdy child. But looking at old pictures recently I seemed to have spent most of my childhood doing the handstand - so becoming a yoga teacher seemed quite natural.

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  14. So, im sure you couldnt tell by how i danced in guard, but i took a year of ballet from pamela hayes, and was horrible! but i not so secretly want mary to dance... i think it would be fabulous! and i wish i had the nerve to dance now... maybe it could get me in shape!

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  15. soo cute and graceful, looove it! ballerinas are gorgeous!

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  16. I took ballet for a short while. I wasn't so much into practicing. Ah ha ha

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  17. hey tiffany...Even though I've been in colorguard for what seems like FOREVER, I actually started with ballet. I used to dance at this place called Cynthia Merrill. I stopped after a couple years because apparently my mom said I thought it had become boring. But during those years I managed to be a cat in Cinderella & a rose bush in The Little Mermaid.

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  18. Tap, jazz and ballet for years! I don't have children, but I wish my nephew would take something up...

    Love your blog!

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  19. I took ballet and was in the Nutcracker once. I wish I had kept it up... I hope, hope, hope that I have a daughter and that she wants to dance!

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  20. i've been dancing since i was three :)
    i still have my first pair of slippers and a million pictures of me in my tutu (which i wouldn't take off for months) i loved ballet as a child but cant stand the technicality now. go figure haha. lovely post :)

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  21. I was one of the many children who took ballet lessons that ammounted to nothing more than a few concerts :)

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  22. i took dance classes when i was younger - - but inevitably the tom boy came out in me and everyone knew it. i was so bad.

    but yes, i hope my daughter one day will take dance and be super athletic!!

    freshbrownies

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  23. I love that you are a dancer with the blog. I adore dance. I danced jazz dance for 7 years and was taking ballet lessons. I always believe I was dressed best when going on my dance lessons- its cause of entire spirit and feeling.

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  24. Love the photo! :) Have a nice friday and a lovely easter! See you.

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  25. I took ballet and tap classes as a child. Ohmigosh how I adored them! The recitals and dressing up in costumes was so much fun to me - I have pictures of me in hundreds of recital costumes from when I was little. When my family moved to SoCal from New Jersey I just stopped attending. I wish I hadn't. :(

    And yes...the two of us need to hop a plane to Southern France ASAP! Ohmigosh we could eat crunchy baguettes in parks, sip cafe au lait at chic cafes, and shop, shop, shop! I want to go now!! :)

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  26. SO PRECIOUS!
    ive taken dance since i was 3, and now i am 17. it has consumed my life entirely.<3

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  27. I loved dance so much when I was younger, I did ballet and tap and I adored it. I miss it sooo much, The only dancing I do now is the ocassional bit in a night club. Not wuite the same!!

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  28. I'm so far behind on your posts at the mo! Gosh. Yes, I did take dancing. From the age of around 6 until I was about 18/19. I took Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Cabaret, and did all my exams right up until my teachers. My favourite genre was Jazz and Tap, I also taught the exam Tap classes for middle school girls, and assisted in the classes for the babies :D SO MUCH FUN! I then studied dance as a subject in my two final years of high school, and loved it. And then I just...stopped. For no real reason other than I didn't see myself doing it for a career. While i don't regret my professional career choice (Event Management) I regret stopping classes! Now living as an expat overseas, I'm not sure of any adult classes in this city, maybe one day soon I will find something and join! Phewph, life story! x

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