EST. 2009

July 27, 2010

That Last Dance














I HEAR SARA MCLACHLAN'S LAST DANCE in my head while recalling a dream I had over the weekend; I was in a ballet studio, dancing, showing my friend Chin my jetes and temp lev├ęs.

I was a ballet student once in my youth, for a couple of years until I decided to quit. It was not because I was tired of the class or the dance, but because I had turned 11, hit puberty and grown a little too chubby for my leotards and tights.

Quitting ballet is one of my biggest regrets in life.

I never told my parents why I was quitting, just told them I didn't want to do it anymore. They didn't question me or argue with me and looking back now, I wish they had.

From warm-ups to on-stage performances, French artist Edgar Degas depicts in his paintings, the strenuous routine undergone by ballet dancers.

I miss the art. I miss the dance.

Paintings by Edgar Degas. Images from commons.wikimedia.org

COMMENTS

Lianne said...

ballet is beautiful although i wasn't so in to it when i was a little girl. what i loved was gymnastics but i quit because i was afraid of competing. like your parents, they didn't force me to continue because they were afraid i would hate it if they did. i also wish they pushed me

Lady San Pedro said...

Yeah, I think my parents thought I would hate it too if they pushed me...

Did gymnastics as well but I was always apprehensive to do the stunts :-O haha!

Victoria said...

I regret quitting ballet too!! But not so much for wanting to dance still, more of for wanting to be more graceful! Hehehe :-)

I super super suuuper love Edgar Degas!! <3

Lady San Pedro said...

Aww, let's all re-enroll :-) Haha, I'm serious.

Edgar Degas, classic!

Anonymous said...

I quit at about 7, and my parents didn't try to stop me. It's one of my biggest regrets too (the other is quitting Chinese lessons). I think one day we should re-enrol :D I'd love to go en pointe one day.