Monday, August 2, 2010

Dreaming of Ballet

I was watching the movie, Center Stage, one Sunday afternoon on HBO when I remember how ballet dancing used to be my passion and greatest dream. For the benefit of everyone, the movie Center Stage is about a group of hopeful ballet dancers dancing their way to a limited slot for a final dance workshop, which would showcase their talents.

I love collecting ballerina figurines. You see, when I was a kid, I've always wanted to be a ballerina. I remember in second grade, our teacher asked us to draw what we want to be when we grow up. I was tempted to draw a teacher since it was easier to draw a stick figure with a blackboard at its background. But since I know I would have a difficult time explaining it, I asked my classmate instead to draw me a ballerina. And it felt sooo good telling everyone that I wanted to be a prima ballerina when I grow up.

I thought that childhood dream will soon be a reality when my parents enrolled me in a ballet class when I was in third grade. I enjoyed every minute of it and I also loved our attire - black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. But it was really hard - the pointed toes, plie', and splits. I had to endure all the body pains that was just too uncommon for a regular 8-year old.

Looking back, the thrice a week class and a couple of recitals proved just too much for me. My relationship with ballet lasted for just 3 years. At an early age, I realized that no matter how much you wanted something, if you're not that determined and willing to exert a lot of hardwork, then your dream will just be a dream.


EMA said...

I LOVED the movie CENTER STAGE! I also love the OST! eheh I used to dream about being a ballerina, and a figure skater :P never enrolled in a class though.

Mrs. Kolca said...

Ballet dancing is something that I would do for humor. Super funny me when I do that. Haha. Bloghopping here. Muah.

Golden said...

Hi dearie! Thanks for dropping by my blog and for following my blog.

My mom enrolled me too in a ballet dancing class when I was 8 years old. I really loved it.

Lots of love,

Vanessa said...

Took up ballet lessons as a child but I preferred other dancing styles so I eventually got lazy going to class :)

J said...

Like you and Vanessa, I also went to ballet classes as a little girl in CCP. I can't remember why I stopped but my parents said I got lazy (because classes happened every Saturday).

The price I paid: I started gaining weight after I quit ballet. :( Should I not have stopped... haha. I've moved on. ;)

Ayen said...

thanks for your comments! i guess i also stopped taking ballet since i was also taking up violin lessons 2x a week. and i was still in grade school so you could just imagine how tiring it could be. =)