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  1. Alyssa Carlier says

    WOAH THIS IS SO COOL. I used to learn ballet when I was an itsy bitsy toddler but then I just seemed to lack the flexibility to even get past step 1 of stretching XD XD but this sounds like great fun (even though it must be a lot of hard work!) I admit pirouettes and fouettes interest me most because TWIRLINGGGGG. *calms down* It’s super interesting that ballet classes have such routine, I never knew that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The Honest Bookclub says

    A BALLET BOOK IN YA! AFTER ALL THIS TIME! (I mean, there’s probably more than this one, but I haven’t come across a lovely ballet book since The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb, and I’m not sure that one is strictly-speaking YA.) If you have more recommendations on the topic and you haven’t done the post already – I vote for a Ballet Book Recommendations Post! I’d come and read it and fangirl and share it and make my TBR very, very tall and precariously-balanced.

    I took Latin dance for 8 years and I competed on a state-wide level, and demanding though that was, whenever I see (or read about) ballet, I just think… WE HAD IT SO EASY. I’m half-convinced you have to be a descendant of a swan, an angel, or a snowflake to be a good ballerina.

    – Lexie

  3. Resh Susan says

    Loved Loved Loved this post. Got great insight into ballet and helps me appreciate dancers more. I have learnt dance while at school (not ballet) so I know how much of effort and practise is needed even for a small performance. Love the post

  4. Alexa @ Words Off the Page says

    I love that you’re a ballet dancer as well as a blogger. I personally wish my mom pushed me to take more ballet classes when I was younger, but I was six and a huge tomboy and didn’t appreciate it ;-; Now that I’m in theatre and I love the arts way more than I had anticipated, I cry at the missed opportunity to take up ballet. It’s not going to stop me. I’m planning on taking ballet classes to carry on to my resume, but I love how rigorous and disciplined ballet is. It’s such an art as well as a skill.

  5. Kyra says

    This is my new favorite post! I did ballet when I was little but then I stopped but I’ve just started beginner contemporary ballet classes and I’m utterly in love with it! We began learning pirouettes in this week’s class and it’s so fun (even though I have a LONG way to go to perfect even a single one). I’ve also been watching ballet videos and documentaries and the dancers’ strength and dedication just blows my mind. I can’t wait to read Up to this Pointe, it sounds so good!

  6. Tamara @ Tamaraniac says

    WOW this is such a cool post! It’s so much fun to learn about what other people do to practice their activities! (This actually makes me really want to finish all of those synchronized swimming posts I’ve written up in the past…) Love this, and I’ll definitely be checking out the book!

  7. Lais Espacini says

    This post was so much fun! I don’t know much about dance, to be honest, but I love watching it so much. (PIROUETTES ARE MY FAV! They’re so beautiful to watch!) And now, I know at least the basics on how a dance class works, thanks to you. Not to mention this book looks SO interesting! I mean, ballet and Antarctica… I don’t even know how that’s supposed to work, but I’m intrigued by it.

  8. Gwendolyn Burke says

    I used to take ballet class when I was a young girl, but then my parents could no longer afford to pay for it and I had to stop going. It was fun while it lasted. I wish I would have stayed active as a dancer but now I can enjoy it from afar 🙂

  9. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated says

    This post was really interesting! I took one dance class when i was really little and failed quite horribly. It was basically like public embarrassment for me as I find dancing in front of other extremely shameful. Not to mention there is the fact that I have 0 coordination, this is not an exaggeration.

  10. Dana@The Unprinted Protagonist says

    I really enjoyed this post! I’m so happy to see how you use your blog as an outlet for all of your interests, bookish or not. I did ballet for about a month when I was really little, but it wasn’t for me. I think ballet is so incredible in the way it combines grace, strength and artistry. Even though ballet isn’t for me, I’ve always wanted to learn ballroom dance, and I hope to take lessons some day!

  11. Jen says

    I LOVED THIS POST OMG. I’m taking a ballet class at university right now and ahh I’m so glad I went back to dancing. As I was reading this post, I was like check, check, check! Looks like there’s a pretty standard way of getting through a ballet class. My favorite part of class is barre and petite allegro 🙂

  12. Shannelle C says

    As someone who knows nothing about ballet (but likes watching it because who doesn’t?), I really appreciate this walkthrough! So if I get it right, it’s basically one session where you all can practice and polish your moves?

  13. Annie says

    this was so cool! i know very little about ballet but have so much admiration for ballet and ballet dancers as some of my friends do ballet as well. i did take ballet a longgg time ago when i was six and those classes weren’t as structured as your classes by far which obvs but still i was reading through this post and was pretty proud of the moves i do remember. like TENDUS and JETES and PLIES. anyway this was such an interesting post. you know i always love hearing about your ballet classes / bunhead adventures! 🙂

  14. Karin says

    This was so great to read. I’ve always been interested in ballet though I really don’t know why. I’m as far from being a dancer myself as you can get but I just find ballet so fascinating to watch. I went to see Swan Lake when I was in St. Petersburg a few years ago and it was MAGICAL. I don’t think I will ever forget that. So it’s really cool to know what the dancers do to prepare for all the magic. 🙂

  15. Zoe N. says

    This is so interesting! It’s shocking how many years of hard work and dedication are put in to becoming good at ballet. Thanks for sharing this and fabulous post! <3

  16. Natalie says

    This was so cool! (I did three years of ballet when I was a kid and I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert even though I haven’t done a smidge of ballet since I was 8 so I will graciously hand you that title). Do you have a mean teacher? My teacher was HORRIBLE. All she’d do was yell and I would run to the toilets and cry until I was forced to leave.

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