Time to dust off the tutu.

Posted 15 Apr 2011 in RAD

I’m going to take ballet classes.

And for the most part, it has everything to do with the movie Black Swan.

No, I do not want to become the crazed, red-eyed star of a Swan Lake remake that makes out with Mila Kunis (but I will admit Mila is pretty), but I want to do SOMETHING. And ballet seems like a good idea.

But Jenna! Have you ever even danced before?
Why YES. I have! Granted, I was 3, maybe 4 years old. BUT I WAS A DANCER, DAMMIT. I also took classes at the YWCA for a while before I got knocked up called “The Barre” which was all ballet stretches. So, I’m pretty confident I’ll pull a muscle in the first class and probably have to sit out a few weeks.

My lovely sister-in-law mentioned classes in some suburb I’ve barely heard of and we both signed up. Although today we were informed that the class was canceled due to low enrollment. Stupid community outreach. Anyway, I looked around and a local dance institute offers open classes on Saturdays that are right up my alley. So I’m going to do it. I’m going to learn ballet. Again.

I’ll be honest – a lot of the reason I’m doing this is because I don’t exercise. At all. I take the stairs at my office sometimes, but usually I’m too lazy so I don’t. I feel like a lop and haven’t worked out since before I got pregnant, which was OVER TWO YEARS AGO. That’s essentially two years of sitting on my ass. Well, and chasing after a toddler more recently, but mostly sitting on my ass. I need to be active. And even though Natalie Portman was a total crazycakes in Black Swan, I was so envious of all the beautiful ballet dancers, the gracefulness, and just overall fun it appeared to be. (I know, most people saw it being grueling work and an obsession that lead to insanity, BUT I SAW FUN.)

So, that’s that. I’m buying ballet shoes tomorrow (not these, TRUST ME…I was never meant for pointe. If you know me, you know my feet/toes. Those are not the toes of a ballet dancer.) as well as some leggings since apparently the instructors need to see the lines of your body to see if you’re doing it right. Which is obviously not really necessary because OF COURSE I’M DOING IT RIGHT. I did this when I was 3. It’s like riding a bike, isn’t it? Like a 30 year old riding a 3 year old’s bike. Full of grace and my knees are hitting the handlebars and GET OUT OF MY WAY I’M FALLING OVER.

I am so effing excited.


  1. Are you taking it at Zenon? If so I’ll see you there, I take the tap class on Saturdays! Probably going to do ballet in the future when I have less of a spare tire!
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  2. Sara

    That is so awesome. I took ballet for like 5 years ending when I was about 12. I hope you let us know how it goes!
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  3. I say go for it! I danced for awhile in middle school and took classes in high school and college. I love dancing. I am the farthest thing from graceful thanks to my super flat feet, but I don’t care. I still do it. And if I found a friend to take classes with again then I would. Have fun!
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  4. i’m not even lying when i say that i’ve been thinking about taking ballet classes lately.

    and it has nothing to do with the black swan movie- it’s that damn Stereo Love song that i can TOTES picture myself doing a dance recital too…ah yes. me so pretty.

    but yeah. i’m the epitome of not a ballerina though. so i think i’ll try pilates.

  5. Dude, I don’t want to scare you, but I took one ballet class at my yoga studio and I would put it and Army boot camp at the same level of difficulty. Stand on your tip-toes, then squat down so your butt’s about an inch away from the floor and stay that way for five minutes. I think I crawled out of class. If you can stick with it, you will have glutes of steel, and I will have mucho admiration for you.

  6. ROCK ON! I still have my pointe shoes somewhere…. Not sure I want to get into a leotard again, though! Have fun!

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