Firstly, I want to say thank you to all the lovely people who have sent such kind messages to me over the past week. It has meant the world to me.
Secondly, after a huge amount of consideration, I’ve decided that dance is something I can’t let go of. It helps me in too many ways, I think it would be more detrimental on my overall health to stop ballet, than continue it.
I will let loose with all the medical specifics once I have clarified the ins and outs of my diagnosis, but for now, what I know is that my health considerations mean that I will need to do the following:
1) watch that my extensions don’t become harmful on my joints.
2) build certain muscles to add stability to my joints.
3) have to monitor my heart rate.
4) I will need to initially cut back on my lesson times, like down to a 45 min session to start with and take rests as needed. I’m not really sure what my optimal time will be, it might be longer than that. I am hoping to increase this as time goes on and with help from specialists. And I’m also hoping that I will be able to do a longer session when I attend “proper” classes.
5) and the last one, which is the trickiest one for ballet, I will need to pay extra attention when transitioning from a bent over or squat position to a standing one.
I haven’t figured out the details yet, but I am determined not to let it stop me from dancing.
I will continue to write my ballet lesson plans, with these new adjustments.
At this point my biggest fear is that the ballet studio in Sydney that I was going to get to every second week soon, won’t want to take me on, for liability’s sake or just because it’s a hassle. I’ll let you know how I go when I talk to them.
Thanks again to everyone who has been so supportive of me. I think you’re all amazing and inspiration.
So Bush Ballet continues…