Yes...no...well, sort of. No, I'm not talking about the TV reality show but about me: I like to dance. I've been dancing on and off since I could walk - I have a small scar above my upper lip to prove it (which one day you may see if I am every brave enough to post a photo). The incident occurred because I happened (as you do) to be dancing on a coffee table. However, said coffee table couldn't handle my dance interpretation of Wired for Sound (Cliff Richard)...or at least I think that is what I was dancing too at the time). I should point out that I wasn't very old at the time of said incident in case you take umbrage at my musical taste *grin*
When I was young, ballet was the only activity I wanted to do, but unfortunately classes were too expensive. My mother was able to approach the local ballet school about lessons shortly after I turned 10 years old; however, the teacher informed her that I was too old to start ballet. So, I learnt jazz ballet/modern dance instead throughout my teens and twenties, with gaps of various lengths because of university/college and my OE to the UK.
For the last 3 years I have been learning jazz ballet (Jazz Addict syllabus) at a local dance school. I'm currently working towards my Advanced I dance exam in late June/early July. This week was my second week back to class and, like each year before it, has proved without a shadow of a doubt that I can't dance. Each year the exam syllabus seems exponentially harder that the year before. Sometimes I honestly thing I am mad to put myself through this, especially considering that the average age of the rest of my class is approximately 16 years....and I'm old enough to be their mother...
I did find the courage to ask my dance teacher on Thursday if she thought I could handle the Advanced I exam, and she thinks I can. I just need to be fitter (by a country mile) than I am now plus I need to strengthen my wrists as at the moment they are incredibly weak (from the tendonitis) and that placed severe limitations on me in the floorwork exercise (among others).
So, am I completely mad to be dancing at my age? What activities do you enjoy that you occasionally think you are mad for continuing?