From the category archives:

First Lesson

Where to Start? Beginning Ballet as an Adult

by DaveTriesBallet March 16, 2014

Recently I’ve been getting lots of emails from people wanting to start (or come back to) ballet, often in their twenties. I’ve been more than happy to reply to people and help them prepare for their first class, and it has made me think about what advice I would give myself, if I could go […]

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How time flies!

by DaveTriesBallet September 9, 2013

They say that time flies when you are having fun. This is certainly the case when I realised that this week marks my 3rd “Ballet-versary” – it’s three years since my first ever ballet lesson! I can’t quite believe it. It seems like only yesterday that I did my first ever plié and got confused […]

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Taking time to look back

by DaveTriesBallet November 21, 2011

Today I couldn’t remember which way round bravo, bravi and brava went in terms of saying it for guys, girls or groups (I’m currently doing #NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month] in my spare time and my main character went to see a ballet…). I typed it into google and was searching results when I suddenly […]

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Second First Day of Class!

by DaveTriesBallet September 20, 2011

What a difference a year makes. Or then again, maybe not… Pretty much exactly this time last year I was getting ready for my first ever Ballet class at Princeton with Douglas Martin, former principal with the Joffrey Ballet and an amazing teacher. I was rather nervous but also really excited and it went great – class […]

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Ballet Classes “Up North”

by DaveTriesBallet June 24, 2011

So I posted recently that I’ve headed back to the UK, and one of the problems with coming back here is the lack of Ballet classes. I live in rural Northumberland (just south of Scotland) and, to be honest, there isn’t much of anything around here, never mind dance schools! I live on a farm, […]

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Dave Tries Something New!

by DaveTriesBallet April 23, 2011

Today was one of “those” days. It had all been so promising. I survived my Masters defense talk on Thursday (thus finishing my Masters), celebrated with friends that night, spent Friday morning recovering from the hangover then the rest of the day exploring the Delaware Water Gap. So I was looking to continue my celebrations […]

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Some Thoughts on Ballet Class

by DaveTriesBallet March 28, 2011

So this post came about rather unexpectedly, and stemmed from a video I posted on my Tumblr site (where I post random pictures, videos, quotes or thoughts that generally aren’t important enough to warrant a full blog post). I’ll talk about the video in a moment, but it got me thinking about some of the […]

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Partnering – Finger Turns and Shoulder Sits and Fish Dives, Oh My!

by DaveTriesBallet February 26, 2011

So, as promised, here is the second part of my partnering post. If you haven’t read the first half (and if not, where have you been?!) then take a look here. Also, just like last time, I don’t pretend to be an expert on partnering – in fact the complete opposite – so if you […]

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I Need Some Advice

by DaveTriesBallet November 18, 2010

Hello Loyal Readers! Well it’s coming up to three months since I started taking classes and I wanted to do something to mark the occasion (any excuse to do something fun!). So I thought I’d do something a bit different – a video project. For this, I’m going to need your help. In particular, I […]

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First day of class…

by DaveTriesBallet September 15, 2010

Disclaimer 1: This post is pretty long (around 2500 words) so if you don’t want to trawl through it all just scroll down to the last three words. I think they sum up my entire experience perfectly. Disclaimer 2: This is my first class so don’t expect perfect terminology or for me even to spell […]

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