Ballet Teaching

Candace, 17 February 2006, No comments
Categories: Bodies, Culture

Why do I teach ballet? I’ve been trying to sort this out in hopes that it will help me make the decision whether or not to continue. My life is stretched far and wide and this seems to be the piece that doesn’t really fit in with the others, at first glance at least. If I’m actually, really, and truly going to cut back on what I do in order to have more time for the people and things that I love, something has to go.

So why do I continue to teach ballet? It turns out there are lots of reasons .

I suppose the next list will be all the reasons why I should leave. I’ll leave that for another day.


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  1. Lauren
    17 February 2006, 12:28 pm

    It sounds like teaching ballet is a really positive thing in not only your life, but the lives of those you teach. Maybe If I had grown up with dance teachers who looked like real women and emphasized a healthy body image I wouldn’t have been hospitalized with anorexia at 15. Young girls need positive role models more than anything in this vain and media saturated society. Plus, it sounds like you enjoy dancing! Just food for thought.

  2. Administrator
    17 February 2006, 4:36 pm

    Thanks Lauren for commenting and sharing that about yourself. What you write is true. I quit ballet the first time when I started menstruating. I just didn’t know how to handle stuffing my tights with paper towel. Midway through class I’d notice the wad halfway to my knee. /sigh/ If only we had better information, images, role models…

    It’s true that teaching is a positive thing in my life but I’ve only had time to write out one side of the debate. Stay tuned for the negatives, coming soon.

  3. Karen Caprio
    31 October 2007, 10:51 pm

    Yay for you! You inspired me to begin to teach ballet.

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