I´ll be 30 this year and after 26 years of ballet dancing it hurts more often. My body is strong but it can´t take the "abuse" ballet sometimes is. I dance proffesionally and pain and injuries is an unavoidable part of that, but I also want to be kind to myself so it´s a tough balance.

Ballet is very hard to give up though. I sometimes wonder why I keep at it, but when I enter a dancestudio it feels kind of sacred. Anyone who is a proffesional dancer knows what I mean. That athmosphere is amazing, the discipline, the pianomusic, the energy, the look of glow on the dancers faces when they feel they live on dance itself. It feeds us.

Joelisa Joelisa
26-30, F
4 Responses Mar 1, 2010

I like how you said the studio feels sacred. It always should. Dance is a connection between the body, mind, and spirit. Few experiences in life are as divine as that.

I know the feeling. I started dance when I was 3 and started training at the joffrey ballet when I was 7. Ballet was a huge part of my life before I got pregnant and still is. I miss it so much now but I try and do simple ballet exercises whenever I can and I am going to start teaching dance next week :) whenever I step into the studio though any studio it's like coming home :)

I am 27 now and have danced since the age of 5. I took a few years away during college, but then taught for a few years up until last year when I decided to go back to school to work on my masters so I can hopefully find a "real" job, lol...anyway, yes, I know what you mean about the sacred feeling when one enters a dance studio, it's so hard to describe to someone who doesn't know that feeling or isn't a dancer. It's a feeling, a mindset of feeling everything else melt away and focusing on your body, on the music, on the dance.

I completely understand what you are feeling. In comparison, I am/was very athletic. Ran, weight lifting, sports, heavy lifting...etc.... I am turing 30 this year aswell and after 15 years of athletisism my lower-back is giving<br />
I am starting to feel pains in new places, Im not able to recoup as fast, Im not able to lift as heavy any more.... it sucks, but I guess its our bodies telling us to relax a bit. Ballet means as much to you as working out & staying active means to me. <br />
30!!!!! ahhhhhh!!!!!!!