Welcome to Dilettante Devant, a journal to accompany my return to classical ballet as an adult. Join me as I record my adventure and rhapsodise about all things terpsichorean.

 

About the Dilettante

Like many little girls, I did ballet lessons as a child. In fact I did lots of dance lessons. Ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. But ballet was always my favourite and my best. I was also slightly obsessed. I’d record televised ballet performances and documentaries and watch them over and over on the weekends. I also researched dancers, choreographers and composers in my spare time. Looking back, this was probably a little odd for a kid in primary school.

Anyway.

Ballet lessons stopped for me when we moved to a small country town when I was 11, but I never lost my love of dance. Although there was no ballet teacher in our little town, I continued to dance jazz and tap through highschool, and after I left I became heavily involved in the swing dancing scene here in Perth where I now live. All dancing was put on hold when I had my first child in 2009, however.

Fast forward seven years or so and I’m now a 32 year old stay at home mother of three small boys. I have finally decided that the time is right to put a toe back into the art I love so much, and so I began lessons at WA Ballet in October 2015. Starting in the Beginners 1 class, I’m going right back to basics.

I thought this blog would be a good way to journal my exploits and share my experience. Hopefully I will be able to look back and see some progress, as well as curate some useful references for other adult dancers.

And, just in case you were wondering….

Dilettante: noun – a person with an amateur interest in the arts.

Devant: a ballet term meaning ‘in front’

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