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post #1 of 5 Old 10-18-2017, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Dancers or gymnasts?

Anybody else here doing/has done dance or gymnastics?

Unfortunately I'm not at as high of a level as most people my age (15). I did gymnastics when I was little for a while, but I never cared for it and never progressed then quit entirely. I struggled with depression for a few years and lost interest in everything, then the summer after 8th grade I finally got the motivation and the financial ability back to start gymnastics again. I've progressed way more than I did the first time because I'm actually putting effort into it this time, but I'm still behind age-wise. I've wanted to start dance for a while, but didn't have the time or money until just a few weeks ago, and I'm now starting ballet and contemporary and love both of them. Both of my teachers said I caught on fast too which made me feel good considering I was in a class of 5-year-olds for the ballet class. I'm still proud, however, because I'm paying for it myself. And I'm trying my best.

So anybody else? Or just anybody that wants or wanted to do either of those?

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I would like to do gymnastics, but I don't really have real passion for it like I do for horses. I'm not making any money yet so I couldn't fund it. If I do start making some money, I'll probably use it for riding lesson, not gymnastics. But yeah, I am interested in it.

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I'm not sure if you are aware, but ballet and horse riding don't go together. Riding strengthens your abductor muscles and stretches your Achilles' tendon- the exact opposite of what you want for any serious ballet practice. Talk to your ballet instructor about this. Of course, if you are happy to do ballet just recreationally it doesn't really matter.
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I'm not sure if you are aware, but ballet and horse riding don't go together. Riding strengthens your abductor muscles and stretches your Achilles' tendon- the exact opposite of what you want for any serious ballet practice. Talk to your ballet instructor about this. Of course, if you are happy to do ballet just recreationally it doesn't really matter.
I'm only doing ballet as a foundation to contemporary. I'm not taking it for too long, just to learn positions and such and then I'm doing just contemporary dance.

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I did gymnastics when I was young, then got into figure skating, competed at an elite level, eventually going professional.

Part of the training regimen for both included years of ballet, ball room, modern dance, jazz dancing etc.

Now I'm in my forties and my husband and I do Country Swing dancing. (not us in the vid btw)


We have only been doing it for less than a year but, we can already do quite a few lifts, flips, dips and even the candle stick. We practice about 8-10 hours a week. My former dance and figure skating helped us progress quickly....it is loads of fun but you have to have a partner you can trust.

As a bonus, between the two of us we've lost about forty pounds and toned up some muscles we haven't used in years.
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