Beginner Ballerina Profile: Lydia Hanna

20141123_121335Meet Lydia, who just recently started taking classes! She started taking them on YouTube (which she recommends for people who can’t afford classes right away). She blogs at Lydiateachesherself.WordPress. com.

When did you start doing ballet as an adult?

Just before Christmas.  I attended a class on a date and my legs started craving the movements,  so I started dancing in my kitchen to youtube classes.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?

Yes, but I got frustrated and quit.

Why did you decide to take ballet as an adult?

Because it feels amazing, and because it’s great for stress.

Where do you take classes?

Youtube!  I highly recommend it, for those who can’t afford classes right away.
I’m about to start regular classes at Broadway Dance in Manhattan. I’ve also been to drop-ins at Mark Morris in Brooklyn a few times too,  and it was lovely.

What is your favorite part about ballet?

The moment where a movement that was impossible last week suddenly becomes natural.

What is your least favorite part?

The moment where a new move is not yet doable.

Who/What is your ballet inspiration?

Ballerinas like me who are older and imperfect.

What motivates you to keep dancing?

It’s fun! And it feels amazing.

What are your hobbies outside of ballet?

Writing, reading, and school. I love taking classes.(I’m studying political science at Pace and I studied Literature at Syracuse)

What advice would you like to give to those who want to start ballet or have just started?

Perfect is overrated.

Do you have a blog?

Lydiateachesherself.WordPress. com

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