Yes, I checked and I am still 27 and not 7, but there I went – pink tights and all.
It was worth it. It was really, truly great.
I’ve danced my whole life, starting at 2.5 years old. Growing up, I never played any sports. I spent every summer carpooling 45 minutes into New Orleans with my sister and several others girls so that we could do dance intensives for weeks in the summertime. It’s some of my best memories growing up.
Then, I went to a boarding school for high school where there was a huge emphasis on the arts. I went to classes in the morning and then danced every afternoon. I enjoyed each and every moment of that experience. I was a part of an amazing company under an equally amazing director who had a really positive impact on my life.
When Hurricane Katrina rocked my entire world, I made sure I was in ballet class when I enrolled in college classes after all of that madness. It was a very stressful and upsetting time for me, but ballet requires so much focus that it became like my therapy hour every Tuesday and Thursday.
In fact, what I love most about ballet is that it demands lots of brainpower and at the same time lots of letting go – both in the physical sense and in the mental sense. It’s good for me and the way my mind works. The barre is and always has been like home to me.
So, when I started to look for dance classes here in New Jersey, I was so happy to find one right in my little town.
The price of $20/class was a bit steep but you can buy packages of 15 at a time which makes them come out to less.
As I’m sure any mother will tell you, your body doesn’t exactly go back to the way it was before you had kids. I’ve been super fortunate in terms of losing my baby weight, but things didn’t go back quite as I remembered them haha. Basically, I didn’t want to put on a leotard and tights. I feel old for that. But I did.
And… when I went and put my left hand on the barre and closed my mind to the outside world, everything was as it used to be. I was even so relaxed with the teacher because he was male. All of my most influential ballet teachers have been male so it just seemed right.
Anyway, I know budgets are tight, student loans are crazy, and life gets busy but I think it’s worth it to remember your passions and remember where you came from.
It’s crazy to me that I’m a mom of two children now living in a place I never ever thought I’d be doing a job I never thought I’d have – and yet I can go take a ballet class and close my eyes and suddenly the words and the music and the steps take me back to a place I’ve been so many times before.
In sum, find the room in your budget for the thing you’ve been missing.
It’s worth it.