Go And Learn: Late To The Party

I’m not sure why I’m just posting this now (I’m tempted to say, “The season is always so busy!” …But I’ve been following this blogger since before I started at Actual Ballet Company), but if you want a fantastic, evidence-based, funny, and above-all kind and compassionate resource to help you on your journey as a Late Starter, or indeed any kind of dancer, do yourself a favor and check out Late To The Party Ballet.

Author Patricia Pyrka launched herself into the ballet life at the age of 37, and since then has used all of her considerable brain power and humor not only to turn herself into a formidable ballet beast, but to help other Late Starters achieve their goals.

Even if you’re not a Late Starter, her sound, evidence-based advice on training and cross-training can do you a world of good. Her thoughtful posts can help you learn to work with your body instead of fighting against it (which I’d wager that all of us, regardless of when we began our training or whether we become professional dancers, will experience at one time or another).

While you’re at it, don’t miss this encouraging guest post on finding the right ballet/life balance for you. Olivia (@bunheadlivi on the Instas) writes with understanding and compassion about figuring out how to build your ballet program and set (and reach!) your goals, and about the importance of making friends with your fellow dancers.

Honestly, I (who can be a bit prescriptive and cranky, in case you hadn’t noticed 😅) felt humbled and schooled by Olivia’s gentle advice. It made me realize I’ve been grossly mishandling those moments when my friends say, “I wish I could do what you’re doing.”

… And if you’re suspect that this might be the beginning of an ongoing series of regular posts about great online resources for dancers and especially for Late Starters, you’re correct.

At least, I hope you’re correct 😅

I’m pretty sure I can handle the “series” part; it’s the “regular” part that … Well, you know how that goes.

I’ll also be updating the navigational features of this blog, since heretofore my use of categories in particular has been pretty loosey-goosey and not terribly helpful if you’re actually trying to find posts related to a specific subject.

It’s going to take me a while, probably, to pore back over Ye Olde Auncient Posts Of Yore and categorize them appropriately, but I’ll be working on that, too.

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2019/12/17, in #dancerlife, go and learn, Late Starters, learning my craft, resources and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. How great to see that Ballet Blogging Not Dead!

  2. Is there any age group that covers a spectrum broader than we “late starters”? I’ve seen posts where anyone from 14 to 17 years old claim that title. Then there’s the occasional twenty-something. My own late start began just one year ago a few months following my 61st birthday. So that kinda means I “showed up to the party” toward the end of the evening after most of my peers had left and there was only half of a bottle of wine left. lol. Cheers and Happy Christmas! Matt

    • I hear that! I don’t officially even consider myself a Late Starter, given that I actually did first start dancing at age 3 and then took a break for a while 😅

      I think you’re the latest late starter that I’ve chatted with, and I’m glad you made it to the party!

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