what ballet has taught me:
1. The beauty in precision:
Ballet is not easy and if you don't have a love for dance or at least an appreciation for the end result, you're going to struggle. In fact, I know a few young people who took ballet as a child who "hated it." Probably because it became a chore instead of a joy. One thing I love about Transcend Normal adult ballet class, is that the teacher is energetic, determined, and fun! Her kindness is not overshadowed by her attention to detail.
I knew that I felt graceful, powerful, and beautiful pretending to be a dancer as a child. What I didn't realize until now, is the importance of precision in order to achieve that beauty. Ballet is all about straight lines and graceful soft movement. Yes, it is hard but it also teaches an important life lesson: the details matter.
For example, it is known that learning dance sequences helps improve memory. I have noticed that in myself, but I have also began to appreciate the processes life takes you through in order for you to find your own beautiful life "expression." When I pray, what I hear Father say the most is "trust me" and "trust the process." Just like holding a back attitude is hard and uncomfortable, so are the steps I have to take to get where I want to be. It's so simple and yet profound.
1. strength and DETERMINATION
Starting ballet at the age of 34 with no prior experience took some guts as it is. However, staying consistent when I had my moments of doubt and seriously questioning my life decisions, has given my a strength both physically and mentally. I've always had quite a bit of determination, but like everyone, I have fears. I don't quit easy, but I have been beaten down over and over to the point I have quit, in one way or another. Ballet is about grit and grace. I want to encourage you to have both. Go through the tough times but still have a kind and compassionate heart to go around your world. There are not many Worship Dancers/Praise Dancers/Liturgical Dancers who take the time and discipline to learn actual dance forms. I hope to be an inspiration to the praise dancers around me to press toward a higher mark! Show discipline and excellence in what you do for God. Don't just assume think He's "okay" with mediocre. What is most important to God is your heart, but I'd like to think that includes your inner grit and Grace. Blessings!