Embracing ballet amidst misconceptions!

Feb 13, 2024

"I have been attending regular ballet classes for several years and adore my time in the studio. Whenever I talk to my family and friends they seem to dismiss my love of ballet and continue to assume it's just for little girls. How would you respond if you were in my position? I'm just over it!"

- Natalie, adult ballet dancer from Perth 


It's disheartening when our loved ones don't fully understand or appreciate our passions, isn't it?

But remember, your love for ballet is valid and meaningful, regardless of others perceptions.

Firstly, know that you're not alone. Unfortunately many adult ballet students encounter similar reactions from friends and family who might hold outdated stereotypes about ballet being exclusively for children or aspiring professionals.

But let's debunk that myth right now!

Ballet is a timeless art form that transcends age and gender. It's not just about pink tutus and tiaras; it's a beautiful blend of athleticism, artistry, discipline, and expression.

As adult ballet students, we bring our unique life experiences and perspectives into the studio, enriching our practice and deepening our connection to this beautiful art.

So, how should you respond to those dismissive remarks?

Firstly, embrace your passion unapologetically. Your love for ballet is a testament to your dedication, perseverance, and appreciation for the art form's transformative power.

When confronted with skepticism or ignorance, educate rather than confront.

Share with your friends and family the myriad benefits of ballet for adults—improved posture, strength, flexibility, mental focus, and emotional well-being.

And remember, their opinions do not define your worth or the significance of your passion.

Stay true to yourself, surround yourself with supportive peers who share your love for ballet, and continue to dance with confidence and pride.

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