Taking Ballet as an Adult

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early, eagerly awaiting my departure for ballet!  The weather Saturday morning was just perfect, crisp and fresh with a slight breeze.  I knew the moment I stepped outside with Theodore at 6:30AM that it was going to be a great day.  After a few hours of work, I got cleaned up and dressed for ballet (crop cotton pants, and a comfy cotton shirt).

You see, last year I decided it was time to start taking dance lessons as it was something I had always wanted to do.  With grad school ending in May and my wedding being in July, I knew the fall would be a perfect time to start.

Originally I was committed to taking tap dance, something I had always wanted to do, but you know what… it really wasn’t my thing.  Granted I had injured by back at the gym just before class but still, I just didn’t leave the class feeling like “OMG, I love tap and I can’t wait to do it again next week”.  Maybe I’ll take tap in the future after I have some other dance under my belt.

As I drove to ballet with my window down I thought how important it is to do something for YOU.  Life is busy and sometimes you lose sight of the experiences you want and the goals that you have.  Taking ballet as an adult was a goal of mine and something I had been wanting to experience for some time now.

Joy of Motion Adult Ballet

When I arrived at the studio I was excited to see who would attend and how the class would be designed.  The class quickly filled up with women of all ages and I knew that it was just the place for me!

Joy of Motion Adult Ballet

As I didn’t have ballet shoes I decided to just wear socks, which ended up working perfectly.  Though I’ll probably get shoes, it’s good to know that you don’t NEED to have shoes in order to dance.

Joy of Motion Adult Ballet

A little before 9AM our lovely instructor arrived.  She was so incredibly pleasant and did a great job of introducing us to ballet.  We spent the hour going through the various foot positions, proper form, and practicing those techniques.

Joy of Motion Adult Ballet

When the class was over I was so incredibly happy.  I had finally found what I was looking for, something different, something athletic, something that pushes me outside of my comfort zone, and something that made me feel beautiful and strong.  It was everything I hoped it would be!

Joy of Motion Adult Ballet

Although I am thrilled to be attending Fitbloggin this coming week I am really sad to be missing week 2 of ballet on Saturday.  You know it’s a keeper when you can’t imagine missing it or putting other things before it.

After ballet I met up with my honey and Theodore for a walk at Black Hill Park in Gaithersburg, MD.

Neal and Ashley

Theodore isn’t much of a walker (yet) but boy did he love walking in the park.  It made me think that the distractions of walking him in the city are just too much for him as a 11 week old.

Black Hill Park

He also got to play in the creek for a bit, which was too cute!

Westie Paw Prints

It was really a perfect weekend!  This is a short work week for me, YAY, as Fitbloggin starts on Thursday.  The next three days are really special for me though as I’m just three days from weighing myself at the end of my scaleless summer.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Workout
Monday Smoothie (frozen fruit, protein powder, and coconut water) Veggie patty on Ezekiel bread, Chobani yogurt, and grapes Salad topped with tomatoes and grilled chicken 20 minute run
Tuesday Egg whites on cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread Veggie patty on Ezekiel bread, Chobani yogurt, and grapes Salad topped with tomatoes and grilled chicken 2 miles
Wednesday Smoothie (frozen fruit, protein powder, and coconut water) Salad topped with grilled chicken, yogurt, and grapes Dinner party Cross Train

What is one thing you are either already doing for yourself or want to do for YOU?

Comments

  1. says

    Same as you…ballet! I trained most of my life, up through my sophomore year of undergrad. I finally went back to taking classes this past spring after 8 years off. Going back was scary at first but also the best thing I could have done for myself.

  2. says

    I was so happy reading about your experience with ballet! How wonderful!! It feels so amazing to find something that you love.
    We can practice some ballet moves at Fitbloggin in our hotel room. You can try to teach me. :) Ha!
    SO glad that you guys went back to Black Hills with Theo!! What a cutie pie!

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