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!

About Me:

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!)

8 Comments

  1. Hi Dave,

    I’m co-owner of Peninsula Dance Academy in Foster City, Calif. Our studio teaches the Vaganova method. I found your blog through one of our Twitter followers.

    A good friend of mine earned a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I know it’s tough. Hang in there!

    I’m developing a dance site I think could grow your audience: blogs, events and news — DansBuzz.com

    We’d love any feedback. The site’s easy use — register, submit events, and leverage the blog dashboard, where with one click you can share blogs on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Posting your blog concurrently on DansBuzz will surely increase your readership.

    I also send out a weekly newsletter with a roundup of the best blogs and events. I’ve just begun, so your posts will definitely will receive top billing.

    Check it out — DansBuzz.com — and let me know what you think.

    Best,
    Matt

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  2. I came across your site while looking for directions on how to sew elastics onto my daughter’s ballet shoes. I took up ballet a little over a year ago and I can totally relate to the adventure. I am a 43-year-old mom, but I imagine the experience is similar on many levels. Anyway, I love your blog and it just makes me happy that such an interesting person is out there in this world. Thanks for the good info!

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    • Thanks for your message Nikki – it made my day! I’m sure we’ve had many similar experiences, it’s tricky for any adult starting ballet. But I hope you’ve found that it’s totally worth it! I’m touched by your words and I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog :)

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  3. Dear Dave,

    Nice to meet you!

    We are Heidi and Anette. We found your wonderful blog, so great to read a man’s words about ballet and that you come in to that world from outside of ballet like us!

    We noted your enthusiasm towards ballet and would be thrilled to tell you about our 3D innovation garments for women and men!

    We are launching a clothing line – FLUX SEAMLESS – for our label LÆNE SCANDINAVIA. The garments are fashionable, hi-tech, low-impact, designed for challenging sports like ballet and marathon running, but they look like sleek designwear and have amazing silky touch!

    For our Kickstarter campaign (which runs till December 23rd), we are offering our garments for more than 50% less than the retail price. This is a unique opportunity to jump in now for a great value!
    Link: http://kck.st/1f9gGOS

    About the garments

    LÆNE SCANDINAVIA’s clothing is constructed from the intelligent botanic fiber, Tencel, which is organically farmed from eucalyptus trees. Tencel’s heat-controlling and moisture-managing properties are better than any synthetic fiber on the market and act like a comfortable fit akin to a second skin. They are antibacterial, anti-odor, easy to wash in 30°, and dry fast.

    The garments are tag-free and knitted seamlessly with high-tech machines so that they have no restricting or irritating seams. The fabrics are customized for each garment with mesh for areas requiring ventilation and strong knit for areas requiring support. Seamless patterns give all the garments a unique look.

    With minimalist and functional Scandinavian design, these garments match with closet staples and work perfectly for a wide range of activities! The ballet dancers, marathon runners, and yogis have been testing these garments in their training. And they are made of the highest quality of Oeko-tex certified materials in an ethically approved factory in Portugal, Europe.

    LÆNE SCANDINAVIA is a label run by us, Heidi and Anette. Heidi manages the EU market and Anette the US market. We met at The London College of Fashion where we studied for our masters in Fashion Design and Technology in 2009. Since then, Heidi has worked at the Finnish National Opera and Anette was
    trained at Stella McCartney and worked at Unconditional in London, and Denis
    Colomb in Los Angeles.

    The label’s cornerstones are sleek design, high-performance and sustainability. The primary inspiration and concept is drawn from the pristine and untouched nature of Scandinavia where we grew up.

    Dave, we wish you a great week and look forward to read your posts!

    With energetic regards,
    Heidi & Anette

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  4. Awesome stuff! As a fan of both computer science and ballet.. I wish you all the best in both! How delightful to read about your journey.

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