This week’s profile is of Galene, who started ballet almost three years ago because she wanted to try new things and she was impressed with the athleticism and elegance of a ballerina.
When did you start doing ballet as an adult?
I started almost three years ago. I was a freshman in college and wanted to try new things.
Did you ever take lessons as a kid?
I took a community ballet class when I was around 5, but that only lasted a few months. I did gymnastics from ages 3 – 8, and I think that “prepared” for future Galene’s ballet experience.
Why did you decide to take ballet as an adult?
I was always so impressed with the athleticism and elegance of a ballerina, and I wanted to achieve that too.
Where do you take classes?
Joy of Motion Dance Center and Maryland Youth Ballet
What is your favorite part about ballet?
I like the barre. It’s my time to relax while still exercising my body.
What is your least favorite part?
Ballerina “fashion” … the adorable leotards, legwarmers, skirts… there is a lot of pressure to look good.
Who/What is your ballet inspiration?
I watch a lot of ballet videos on youtube. I like the Royal Ballet. I get to peek into professional dancers’ lives and live through them. It encourages me to try harder in class.
What motivates you to keep dancing?
I like overcoming challenges and pushing myself to new limits. The accomplishment keeps me sane.
Do you take any other dance classes?
I took one jazz class. I really struggled.
What are your hobbies outside of ballet?
I like to play piano.
What advice would you like to give to those who want to start ballet or have just started?
Don’t give up! I really had a hard time adjusting at first. There is no easy way into ballet. When I thought something was easy, I was doing it wrong!