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looking ballet beautiful

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A couple of years ago, I had a brief stint as a ballerina. I bought a pair of soft pink ballet shoes, stocked up on black booty shorts and tights, and stood at a barre at my local dance studio with a random assortment of middle schoolers and twenty somethings and got yelled at for an hour, once a week, for pointing my toe wrong. Toe pointing is so hard! As is leg lifting, and spinning across the room without getting incredibly dizzy. Basically, ballet is no joke, but I'm pretty sure anyone who has seen Black Swan already knew that.

It was challenging and usually fun, but my favorite part was picking out my outfit for the day. Simple combinations of grey, black, and grey spandex and sweater knits, topped off with a tight bun and maybe some lipstick if I was feeling fancy. It was also a good workout, toning those little muscles that you never think about but play a key part in making your butt look a little bit better.

I lost interest in that particular class, as the teacher had a tendency to confuse us more than teach us, forgetting that we had the dance competency level of a four year old. I can barely remember my way around Trader Joe's, never mind try to piece together a 3 minute long dance combination after seeing her do it just once. I did not lose my penchant for ballet inspired outfits, though, both in and out of the gym.

I follow Mary Helen Bowers, founder of Ballet Beautiful, on Instagram, and she's always wearing the most beautiful leotards and tulle skirts. Not practical for every day, but definitely something I now want. She recently came out with her own line of dance apparel, so now everyone with a spare hundred bucks can look extra chic and swan-like at the gym.

watch | Dance Academy

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if you checked out my Netflix history right now, then you'd immediately see that I've been watching an almost shameful amount of Dance Academy this weekend.  I'm obsessed with this Australian dance drama, and while it's clearly geared towards teens, I can't help but get absorbed in the show's petty fights, constantly changing couples, wide array of dance outfits, and, above all, the moves themselves.  even though I am very, very novice ballerina, I can't help but stand up and practice barre moves along with Tara, Kat, Angelina, and the crew.  they're inspiring and incredibly talented, plus it takes place in Sydney, so I almost feel like I'm getting vitamin D just by watching the show.

you can catch seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix now!  but if you get addicted, don't blame me.

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returning to the barre

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George Balanchine teaching at the School of American Ballet. 1959. Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

George Balanchine teaching at the School of American Ballet. 1959. Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

after running into one of my former ballet classmates last night at The Farmhouse, I've decided to go ahead and re-enroll in the fall session of Ballet I at the Flynn.  I thoroughly enjoyed the session that I took last spring, and I have kind of missed practicing my rond de jambe and plie moves, as well as, of course, wearing all-black, leg warmers, and pink ballet shoes.

while I will never, ever, ever have the grace or lithe limbs of the ballerinas in the Royal Danish Ballet, it's nice to pretend and just work on perfecting my sous sus.