Ballet.

11/08/2011


Did you take ballet classes growing up? I remember taking a gymnastics class and realizing that I did not have a good center of balance. Turns out I still don't, so ballet was never in the cards. Sometimes I find myself wondering if Mila will like ballet. Matt seems strictly opposed because he thinks that it ruins your feet. But I imagine that pertains more to life-long professional pointers than it does to the average seven-year-old in a pink tutu. I also think he's opposed to the tutu. What are your experiences, either with taking it or not, I'd love to hear!

P.S. Aren't these crocheted ballet slippers adorable?

P.P.S. Mila in a tutu!

20 comments:

Sarah said...

I want these slippers. I'd be spinning all over the house if I had them. I'll probably enroll Samantha in ballet, but only for fun. No point toe slippers over here lol.

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la petite coquine said...

I was in lessons from age 3-17, no small commitments here! Of course, my toes are still scarred and I ripped some tendons in my tootsies, but I loved every minute of it. And for more practical purposes, it taught me discipline, stillness and respect, which wasn't so easy since I was a little monster!

Michelle ~ Make Life Pretty said...

I danced semi-professionally (free lessons in exchange for dancing with that studio) for almost 4 years. As much as I loved it, I wouldn't want that kind of pressure on my daughter because it kind of takes over your life. But I think dance of any kind is great for learning grace and fluidity of movement. Also, I don't think kids usually wear tutus...they usually wear little ballet skirts. Maybe your husband would like that better?

Punctuation Mark said...

i love everything ballet and these certainly have caught my eye!

Cassy said...

I hope my daughter is into yoga when she get older for sure! But i agree with your hubby- it's a little scary when you think about it as a lifelong career. But the pink tutus are so cute when they are little!!

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jeanette from everton terrace said...

I never took it but I do kind of wish I had. I think it would have possibly given me more discipline with workouts :)

Calmly Chaotic said...

so i did competitive gymnastics for years but i started ballet when i was quite young and i still have vivid memories about how strict the instructor was... so just make sure the instructor realizes she's leading children and makes sure they have a fun good time!

Oneika said...

Never did but wish I had!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

i took one ballet class when i was very little, but i don't remember much...what i do remember were the hip hop classes that i took...i loooooooved them!!! no tutus or pointed toes, but i definitely wore lots of one piece brightly colored spandex suits with tons of sequins :) p.s. mila is adorable in her tutu!!! xoxoxo brynn

Amy Redmond Waran said...

Well Lex, you know how I feel about dance. I have been fortunate enough to make a career out of it :) But, I will say this ... I think young children should try a lot of physical activities when they are young (dance AND sports.) Make sure that the teacher you take her too in EITHER activity makes her first experience about having fun. Pre-ballet classes have nothing to do with ruining your feet and more to do with learning rules, discipline, playing with others and muscle control. Mila will decide for herself whether or not she wants to take any activity to the next level (whether Matt likes it or not). Also, may we remind him that other sports come with other kinds of injuries ;)

natasha {schue love} said...

Love those sweet slippers. Have you tried barre? It's my new obsession and taps into ballet strength moves.

classiq said...

I took ballet classes when I was a child but it turned out it wasn't the passion of my life. But I think ballet or dance classes are good for a child, for modelling your body.
Ada

Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} said...

I took ballet classes from the age of 3 and I loved it! I was never particularly good at it but it was a great thing to do to teach me discipline. Those slippers are very sweet! xx

Nomadic D. said...

I did over 10 years of ballet starting at age 5, and loved it. And when I stopped loving it, I stopped doing it. Pretty simple really. Yeah, my knees hurt, but if you find a good school where they don't push the kids too much past their natural limitations it'll be fine. Plus I think it's amazing training for anything else they might want to do later on. Also, I just came back to it as an adult and am totally obsessed, even back on pointe, and loving every second of it!

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Debby said...

I always wanted to as a kid but my Mom never signed me up. It's probably a good thing seeing as I'm a huge klutz... I'm the girl who trips going UP the stairs!! xo

Lucinda said...

Tried it when I was 4/5....I loved the slippers, the wrapped sweater, the tutu and the leotard....Unfortunately my toes weren't happy....Wish I kept with it because dancers have THE best posture ever!!

Mandy Crandell said...

I think it's great for little girls! And it doesn't ruin your feet... but broken toes come with the territory when you do pointe. :)

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kristina@beancakes ★ said...

love this! what a perfect pointe! my sister used to take ballet ~ i was the gymnastics girl ;)
xx ~ k

Kat said...

I like Amy's answer. Matt's a turkey. Starting Jess & Izzy in ballet (again for Jess!) this January! Maybe Mila can come and watch sometime ;)

Susan said...

Those ballet slippers bring back such wonderful memories---my grandmother knitted each of us (her granddaughters) a new pair of ballet slippers every Christmas, and on Christmas Eve, it was the first thing we all did---put on our new slippers!