Ballet in combat boots? Sounds crazy, right? If you already know me then you understand something others don't; I am NOT your typical ballet teacher. Maybe that's why kids love my classes. I heard a student tell her mom, "She wears boots in class, that is soooo cool." I aim to please.
Actually, the whole thing was born out of necessity. Teaching every day is hard on the feet and muscles. Combat boots are comfy. I did my time in tight little ballet slippers and pointe shoes and I still wear them when I take class. But teaching is a different story. There are times when the boots come off and you know you better pay attention. Like when I demonstrate going through 3/4 pointe in tendu, or showing students how to properly align the ankles. After all, some things must be shown how to do.
I suppose ballet in boots is a reflection of my attitude. It's not a ballet rebellion but a ballet revolution. Yes, ballet is the most important discipline for kids to learn. And yes, ballet is stereotyped as being super-dooper serious with a Russian accent. But amazing, solid dance training doesn't have to be boring, slow and dry. Because ballet is so important my goal is for dancers to LOVE it. I have never really fit in the ballet box full of hair nets, bobby pins and hairspray. I will not try to put your dancer into a neat little box. I certainly won't bore them to death with ballet! People have different shapes, heights, abilities and talents. Dance educators are supposed to help young dancers find their way, not stifle their individuality. I challenge you to be unique and confident.
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