Thursday, August 26, 2010
I heart ballet
My friend recently introduced me to a ballet instructor in Marugame, a lovely former professional ballerina. I mentioned that I took ballet for most of my youth (starting at age 3, I have pictures in my pink leotard), and she invited me to join her classes. The studio is conveniently located down the street (how could I not have found it before now), and I've now been starting again on something I've always enjoyed.
I was a bit worried about not being able to keep up (and understanding a class held in Japanese), but my instructor reassured me that my body would remember. And indeed it did. It came rather naturally, and although I have to build up my muscle strength and work out my flexibility, I feel so happy to be back into it. I had forgotten how much I love to dance, and it's a workout I enjoy doing, just like running.
I do realize that my presence in the class as the sole foreigner stirred some excitement, but the girls in the class were so nice to me, which made me feel more comfortable. Ballet is a wonderful workout, it requires so much strength and balance, and it's good for the soul... I feel so lighthearted again. Bliss!
I did trade my pink leotard for a black one, but I'm still loving those white tights.