Tiny Dancer? I think not.
November 26, 2008 9:30 PM Subscribe
I took two years of ballet when I was 15-17, and loved it! I got hooked, took it about 4-5 times per week, and worked so hard that I ended up starting pointe before heading off to college. Its been almost 10 years, but I want to get back into it. Wrench in the works: I'm more roly-poly than teeny-weeny.
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I have tried yoga and incorporating other exercises into my life but after continuously avoiding the gym, I've realized that I need to be absolutely absorbed in whatever exercise I'm engaged in to stick with it. I loved ballet and went to every class excited (and it definitely helped my self confidence, because I was a quick study) and I think it'd be a good way to bring back some enjoyment (and movement!) into my life. However, I've gained quite a lot of weight since then (almost 50 pounds, in fact.) I've got terrible self esteem as it is, and my weight gain has even brought about quite a bit of social anxiety (I mean, hell, I'm even using my sock puppet account for this question.) Ballet seems like the worst possible endeavor for someone struggling with weight issues since its no secret that the environment of ballet is one for lithe young things. But I find myself doing pirouettes every time I'm sock-clad on a hard wood floor, and I really want to find a gentle way to get back into it.
So, my questions for you, Mefites: Is there a gentle way to get back into ballet for, well, a fat person? Do you have any anecdotes, advice, or hell, even encouragement? Do you know of any classes geared towards the larger danseuse in the Boston area? Or is a 5'4'', 180 lb woman doomed to a tutu-less life?