What I Learned From Ballet: There is Always a Chance for a New Dream (Guest Post)

If I were to list everything that I learned from ballet so far, I could spend days and days and write for pages and pages and I’ve only been dancing for two years!

Perhaps I am different, even from other adult beginner dancers, because this dream to dance is new. Not only did I not take dance as a child, I never really wanted to. Even if I had the opportunity, which I didn’t, I probably would have still opted for music lessons and hours left alone at the library. I wasn’t a mover as a child. In some ways, it still isn’t natural. Interestingly enough as an adult, I can’t get enough dance in my life and I love to be in class – mostly ballet but with some modern or contemporary thrown in for good measure. Dance called to me as an adult and it has made a claim on my body and soul as a person already grown, formed and developed.

We tend to think – or perhaps we are taught – that we find ourselves in a journey through childhood and who we are as adults are formed only by the knowledge and experience of that journey. Once we are “grown-ups” we are all we are ever going to be in our personality and our preferences. But that isn’t so. Ballet has taught me that there are parts of me that even as I reach the half-way point of a lifespan I have yet to discover all that there is. Ballet has taught me that there is always a possibility of new dreams that can change me – body, soul, and mind – and the possibilities are endless.

Ballet taught me that I am ever evolving. Ballet has begun to remold my body and give me a strength and pliability that I would never imaged could be possible from my body. True, I have personal limitations, everyone does. But my own mind placed many more limitations because of my own preconceived notions about myself than ballet was willing to excuse. Daily class showed me that what I thought I was limited to and what I was becoming were two different things. Ballet introduced me to a more social part of myself that never existed before. Ballet found a desire to share a love and passion in me that allowed me to feel safe to reach out to and interact with others. Ballet discovered an artist in me that I had buried under graphs, charts, numbers, and analysis. Ballet gave me freedom to be creative as well as rigorous. 

Ballet taught me that today is a great day to start a new dream, a new goal, a new journey – it is never too early or too late to try, to do, to be, to dance!

About the Author

Like lots of other grown-ups, Lorry Perez has a career, a spouse, a dog, a cat, and a house. For all this normality, Lorry spends her time in pursuit of the extracurricular activity of ballet. That is, the incredible task of trying to learn ballet as an adult, which is no small feat and has been both disastrous and monumental. For her, ballet has moved beyond a love as a spectator event and has become a pursuit as a participant somewhere in the vicinity of obsession and addiction. She documents her development as an adult ballet student on her blog,  Bead109. You can also find her on Twitter as @Bead_109.


Jenn said...

Lorry, I love it! Thank you for the excellent reminder to never stop dreaming or growing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to contribute to your wonderful blog, Jenn!

Paulina said...

Great post, Lorry.

And Jenn, you definitely have a nice blog. I hope you do not mind if I drop in from time to time to read and perhaps comment.

Jenn said...

You are very sweet, Lorry, and welcome back anytime!

Paulina, it's lovely to meet you and thank you! I will look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Anonymous said...

Great post Lorry! So glad you are spreading the word about adult ballet :) It's never too late!! :)

Terez Mertes said...

Loved reading this!


Follow by Email

Total Pageviews

Jenn's books

Mansfield Park
An Assembly Such as This
Eight Cousins
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Little House in the Big Woods
A Little Princess
The Captive
On the Night of the Seventh Moon
The India Fan
Mistress of Mellyn
The Hiding Place
Anne of Green Gables
The Apothecary's Daughter
Redeeming Love
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I Know What You're Thinking: Using the Four Codes of Reading People to Improve Your Life
A Room with a View
Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon

Jenn's favorite books »


5 Things (385) Christmas (154) music (137) Recipe (135) Advent calendar (125) Fun Things (95) ballet (83) films (67) dance (65) books (57) podcast (50) Thanksgiving (34) 30 Christmas Films (30) 30 days of thankfulness (30) book review (25) musings (25) chocolate (22) TV shows (21) Netflix (20) crafts (20) tried it Tuesday (17) YouTube (15) What I Learned (14) Jane Austen (13) recipes (13) DIY (12) Guest Blogger (12) good news (12) question of the week (10) photography (9) Cabin Fever (7) Jimmy Fallon (7) Movie Monday (7) The Tonight Show (7) Easter (6) art (6) beauty (6) music monday (6) product reviews (6) DWTS (5) Fathers Day (5) Instagram (5) poetry (5) writing (5) Blogging Ballet (4) Chanukah (4) Influenster (4) Photo-Hunt (4) Rob Reiner (4) The Masked Singer (4) The Torn Veil (4) bollywood (4) tea (4) Balloon Fiesta (3) Coronavirus (3) Creative Writing Wednesday (3) Doris Day (3) Halloween (3) Quizzes (3) giveaways (3) just ask jenn (3) lists (3) opinion (3) 30 Rock (2) Agatha Christie (2) Andrea Bocelli (2) Fred Astaire (2) Frosty Vox Box (2) Hulu (2) NaNoWriMo (2) National Novel Writing Month (2) New Year (2) SNL (2) SYTYCD (2) Soundcloud (2) Stranger Things (2) The Piano Guys (2) Valentine's Day (2) book lover (2) creativity (2) domestic violence (2) shopping (2) thoughts (2) 5 Recipes (1) 9/11 (1) 99% Invisible (1) Alec Baldwin (1) Amazon Prime (1) Audrey Hepburn (1) Audrey Meadows (1) Ballet in Cinema (1) Becky Melby (1) COVID-19 (1) Cary Grant (1) Charlotte Bronte (1) Crossword Puzzle (1) DVAM (1) Dateline NBC (1) Down the Rabbit Hole (1) Dr. Phil (1) Edith Wharton (1) Eurovision (1) For King & Country (1) Gig Young (1) Good Friday (1) Gospel for Asia (1) Gregory Peck (1) Hanukkah (1) Hidden Brain (1) Howard Keel (1) Idina Menzel (1) Independence Day (1) InfluensterApp (1) Jenifer Ringer (1) Jerry Seinfeld (1) Jim Carrey (1) Korean Dramas (1) Leap Day (1) Lie to Me (1) Louisa May Alcott (1) March Madness (1) Marie Taglioni (1) Maya Plisetskaya (1) Mother's Day (1) My Big Fat Revenge (1) NASA (1) NFL (1) Nat King Cole (1) New Kids on the Block (1) Olympics (1) Once Upon a Time (1) Opera (1) Oregon Zoo (1) PBS (1) Pilates (1) Pillow Talk (1) Queen Latifah (1) Rachel McAdams (1) Recap the Week (1) Rock Hudson (1) Scotland (1) Serial (1) Shark Tank (1) Super Bowl (1) Suzanne Farrell (1) Tea Leoni (1) That Touch of Mink (1) The Muppets (1) The Nutcracker (1) The Princess Bride (1) This American Life (1) TikTok (1) Toby Mac (1) Tony Randall (1) Unorthodox (1) Unsolved Mysteries (1) Vox Box (1) Will Ferrell (1) World AIDS Day (1) baseball (1) blogs (1) choreography (1) chronic illness (1) dance major (1) dating (1) devotional (1) etsy store (1) examiner.com (1) games (1) musicals (1) quotes (1) top 10 (1)

Contact Form


Email *

Message *