Don’t Make Your Ballet Teacher Depressed: Give 100%

May 20, 2011 § 6 Comments

I know, it sounds funny, but it is something I never have thought about. Thanks to my current teacher, Mirco Fila at Escuela de Danza María Carbonell  in Valencia, Spain for quite vocally showing his frustration at the class today for looking like zombies just going through the motions. I appreciated this as it shows he cares about our progress and thinks we can DO IT.

Many teachers spend much of the day teaching, or if not, perhaps they have a day job from which the come to do something hopefully fun and engaging. Imagine spending all day watching students not giving 100%, looking dead when they execute steps (and not dance!)….that must be depressing!!!

But trying to keep your adult beginner ballet teacher off the anti-depressants not only benefits her/him, it benefits YOU. « Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of Balletcougar, March 2010:

February 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

These photos are from the rehearsals and performances at San Francisco’ Cowell Theatre on March 20 & 21, 2010. Our group performed a neoclassical piece to Bach and a classical piece to Masquerade.

All of us are dancers who started ballet as adults. Of course we are not perfect and made plenty of mistakes, but we were still happy with our effort since both pieces were very challenging.

This was my 2nd performance on a real stage. If I can do it after only 6 years dancing and a lung transplant, you can too…given you live in a place where there is an opportunity for adults to perform. Like in San Francisco with Kathy Mata!

Neoclassical, Bach

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