I took about 3 years of dance classes as a kid before eventually giving it up for soccer, cheerleading, swimming and a slew of other sports. I was the kid who tried everything without really ever finding a sport that “fits me.” I ended up avoiding group activities in gym and only mildly succeeded at swimming.
Then came college. After being persuaded by roommates I decided to try out the gym and loved it. Soon enough I was the one having to convince them to go to the gym. But, then they transferred to different colleges and I lost my gym buddies and my motivation.
I had been looking at dance classes for a while in Philadelphia and even tried a couple of hip hop classes with a roommate. It really wasn’t my thing–but going to a fancy ballet studio seemed too daunting. Eventually, I found Philly Dance Fitness and after some convincing I picked up a pair of ballet slippers at a local store and made it to one of their absolute beginner classes at Major Moment Studios.
I fell in love. The instructor, Beverly Holskin, is a former member of Philadelphia Civic Ballet corps de ballet. She is the most encouraging ballet instructor I have ever had. I was extremely nervous to enter the studio last night, but she makes everyone feel absolutely welcomed. I’ve tried ballet at a couple of other studios here–and I wouldn’t recommend any other studio over Major Moment for someone who is looking to start ballet. She breaks down every step and doesn’t rush anything. They offer a couple of classes a week at different levels–which allows me to get my ballet fix in–once a week was not enough after I had started.
There’s also a great online community of adult dancers who blog –more than I could have ever imagined. They’re a great support system and encourage me when I feel like I’m having off days (which we all have) and compliment me when I experience a breakthrough.
In a way, going to ballet has encouraged me to exercise in other ways. I do pilates to strengthen my core, and just recently I’ve started running more so I can be even more in shape–something other dancers have also inspired me to do. I’m hoping being part of the Sweat Pink Community will help me expand my network of recreational dancers even further and also encourage me to find new activities to enjoy!