I am a 30-something that has recently returned to the world of dance after a long hiatus. I was inspired to start blogging about my experiences because I'm a fan of the lovely Adult Beginner and Remedial Ballerina, who chronicle their own adventures as dancers.
My Dance Training
I originally began my ballet training at the age of 5 at a ballet-only dance school. We were not taught in a specific school or syllabus of ballet (e.g. Royal Academy,Vaganova, Cecchetti), but rather a mixture of all of them.
I originally started pointe at the age 10, after my school was temporarily bought by a larger ballet company in town (they only ran the studio for a couple of years before my original teacher/director returned). I continued training at the same school until I went off to college at age 18. As I had never wanted to be a professional dancer (I saw it as too competitive and was very shy), I didn't dance at college (except on weekends/during the summers when I was able to take classes at my old school).
I moved to a new state after graduating, and only danced occasionally at a less ballet-centric school that had a wide variety of dance types/classes available. I stuck mostly to ballet, but did start to learn tap as well. When I hit my late 20s, my work schedule got too hectic, so dance got put on hold. Unfortunately, I ended up getting two knee injuries at work (one of which required surgery), which set back any plans I had to return to dance.
Luckily, I recovered from those injuries, and my job adjusted my position to something more reasonable, and I was able to consider dancing again! After a 6 year break, I started taking classes again in the summer of 2013 at a more ballet-centric school. After participating in their winter show, I was encouraged to begin taking jazz classes as well and have fallen in love with them.
I currently take intermediate/advanced level ballet classes, intermediate jazz classes, and sometimes open level tap classes. I restarted pointe in January of 2014, but am currently having a hard time finding the right shoe (more on that here).