This blog is going to document my journey into the world of Ballet! As an uncoordinated guy in his twenties I’m not sure how successful my foray into this art form will be, but I’m sure it’ll be fun and I’m going to share everything I learn along the way!
I’m a graduate student in my twenties in Bath (UK), studying for a PhD in Computer Science. I’m originally from the UK but moved to New Jersey to do a Masters in Maths a few years ago, before heading back for my PhD. I was not a particularly sporty child and at 17 weighed a portly 270lbs. Heading to university for my undergraduate degree I gave up chocolate, candy, potato chips (and still haven’t eaten any for over 5 years now) and took up rowing. I competed for my college’s first VIII and heading over to the States took up cycling (due to being unable to compete in Crew at my university). I recently dropped some more weight and am now around 180lbs, pretty much exactly where I want to be.
Even though my research area is Computer Science and Mathematics, I have always appreciated the arts – playing classical guitar and singing chorally for many years now. Although I have had much exposure to music, literature and art, I have never been exposed to Ballet or Dance and this is where this blog comes in.
About This Blog:
So due to a variety of reasons (see my post) I’ve decided to try Ballet. Now I am a complete beginner, have only seen a couple of live Ballets in my life and am fairly uncoordinated. That being said, I am very excited for this and am going to put my absolute all into this experience. Along the way I’ll be documenting my experiences on this blog – so expect tales of lessons, clothing (surely I’m not the only one who finds dance belts a little intimidating?!?) and all things Ballet. Obviously I’m no expert (far from it) so please feel free to correct me or give me advice through comments on posts – I’m here to learn, after all!
I also want to say a huge thank you to David Hunter from Ballet For Men who has not only helped me with lots of questions so far, but also helped me set up this blog and hosted it for me. He is a truly awesome guy, and has a great site that is useful not only for guys but anyone interested in Ballet – check it out! (And I was under no obligation to say how awesome he is, it’s just fact!)