THE BALLET CONNECTION
“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
I tippy toed into my first ballet class 52 years ago.
At 16, I started teaching, and I continued, on and off, for the next 35 years, until,
in 2015, I became a "retired" member of the Royal Academy of Dance.
I found a bunch of other stuff to occupy my time, and barely missed ballet at all.
Then, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's.
Each time I went back to visit, her body was more hunched.
Unable to hold itself up. Incapable of bending. Stretching. Twirling.
When mom went into cardiac arrest during surgery, I returned to South Africa.
In the midst of a global pandemic.
There was nowhere to go. Nothing to do. But watch her body disappear.
And then I found ballet again.
While mom lay dying, I rediscovered the magic of bending, stretching and twirling.
So I "unretired" and became an R.A.D. Silver Swans licensee, teaching ballet to adults.
Research (as if we need research to prove this) shows the myriad benefits of ballet.
Particularly as we age.
To bend, stretch and twirl with me, click here.
And to arrange a class at your studio or workplace, please contact me.