Good to be back, but...OUCH!  

curious082385 31F
4230 posts
11/18/2005 4:05 am

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Good to be back, but...OUCH!

In case you didn't know, I love dance. I used to do ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical....but ballet has always been my main love. About this time last year, I went to the doctor and discovered that I had severe bone spurs in my heels and several stress fractures in my feet. This was because I was dancing 12 or 13 hours a week, 8 of those hours on pointe and standing for 8 hours a day on a concrete floor with poor arch support. I know, I know....stupid me. Anyway, needless to say, I wasn't allowed to dance until they healed. Well, they are almost better now...enough that I can start to dance again, just no pointe shoes for a while as I have to regain the strength in my feet and ankles first. So I'm taking it easy, working the muscles back up, trying to regain my flexibility. Yes, that picture is me and being able to do that leap again is my goal.

Anyway, there is a quote that says:
"You've never seen a real work-out until you've seen a dancer practice"
I didn't even do a full practice today, just ran through what I used to consider a basic warm-up. Can hardly walk now, the insides of my legs are killing me.

Efilnikufecin69 47M

11/18/2005 4:46 am

Well, my dear, you just take it easy on yourself and don't overdo it like I know you will! Lianna and I want to see you dance, and not have to push your wheelchair around!

love and kisses{=}

Efilnikufecin69 and saintlianna

rm_r49629 38M
3 posts
11/18/2005 4:50 am

hai exciting stuff

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
11/18/2005 5:43 am


Take care of yourself, precious...

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


11/18/2005 6:59 am

I had heard that dancing in that manner could be quite rough on your feet. Ouch!! that doesn't sound fun at all.

I've had two girlfriends involved in dance of this sort and I used to also be the projectionist for dance films for a dance history course in college. So I have some passing familiarity with dance companies and such. And I've had plenty of requests to actually join the dance companies due to their often having a shortage of male talent. But I've never taken any of those offers. I certainly knew that I would suck!!!

There was one series of films that sticks in hy head that were narrated by some british "Queen of the Ballet". I mention that for no reason other than the fact that for whatever reason the image of that woman and the sound of her voice will forever be burned into my skull. But for reasons closer to an annoying song that won't leave your head than anything else.

I loved the Baryshnikov films. I believe that guy has some talent. (understatement) He makes the most insane stuff look so easy.

Have you ever danced The Nutcracker or Stravinski's Firebird Suite? I can't get enough of the early works of Stravinski. I even have a rare video of the Rite of Spring ballet which was an attempt to accurately recreate the original look of it when it was first performed.

Anyways sorry for rambling on with this.

Twyla Tharp is cool.



11/18/2005 7:02 am

I forgot to add that a good listen of an early Stravinski suite should always be followed by a Dead Kennedy's song cranked at full volume.


nightstalker172 36M
1258 posts
11/18/2005 8:42 am

Man I know what its like to get a bone spur...its not cool...and if anyone knows about injury its me I hurt myself enough times anyway get well soon and despite what you might think....LISTEN to the doctor...I have made that mistake and you only end up off your feet longer ...but anyway hope you feel better

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
11/18/2005 12:30 pm

Efil - yeah right!!! could you honestly ever see me being content to just sit there and let myself be pushed around in a wheelchair????? And I am taking it easy, that is what is the most frustrating.....not to sound like I'm bragging, but the excercises I did yesterday where only basic flexibility, balance and control excercises....this time last year, I could have done them for hours without any strain. (sigh) Ahh....the good old

r49629 - thank you

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
11/18/2005 12:35 pm

KC - "some talent"??? lol.....have to agree with you there, definetely a huge understatement!!!! I have decided that the man has no bones, is totally wieghtless and is always on wires....there is no other possible way that he could do the things he can do.
As to your question, yes, I was in the Nutcracker for several years's my favorite, although Swan Lake runs a close second. Never in the Firebird Suite, but I do love his work. Lucky you on the video too.

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
11/18/2005 12:39 pm

Night - *cringe* no, bone spurs are no fun at all. They hurt. Thank you for the get well wishes too. And this may come as a total shock to you and a few other people who know me well, but I actually gave myself an extra month past what the doctor recommended before I started to even walk around on my tiptoes. You know from your injuries just how quickly muscle mass goes away and how long it takes to rebuild it after an injury. But damn, it feels good to be back at it, dosen't it?

nightstalker172 36M
1258 posts
11/18/2005 1:36 pm

No doubt about does feel good to get back into it ....I was out for a month because I pulled out my back doing deadlifts....I lost a whole ton of strength it sucks....(I hate deadlifts). But I always get antsy when I have to sit and do nothing...well its good that you gave the extra month...I started doing that too after my shoulder injury but that was along time ago...If I hurt myself I give myself an extra few days or a week before I start lifting again. but its frustrateing sometimes when injuries slow you down on your journey to your goals.


11/18/2005 8:21 pm

Another note on Baryshnikov. The dance history class was _all_ girls except for me and the teacher and the teacher's uh.... how should I put it..."sensiblities"? were much more on the feminine side of the scale than on the traditionally masculine so in that regard he may as well be counted as female. (if that makes sense)

Anyways whenever I'd show a film featuring Baryshnikov as soon as he began dancing you could literally feel and hear the totality of the wind in room be simulaneously sucked from it by the collective gasps of the girls.

Geez, I'm sure I even must have even involuntarily gasped a bit myself (but don't tell my macho friends) And not due to sexual reasons mind you but you simply can't see that guy doing what he does best and not be somewhat captivated by it. And he always retains a solid masculine quality to whatever he's doing too.

I'll never forget that experience though of the women collectively sucking that room dry of it's wind.


PS. I was actually considering showing up at the start-up meetings for the new season of one of the local dance companies this year (a crazy idea I know). But another big musically oriented project came up at the same time that I had more enthusiasm for and I knew that I wouldn't have enough time for both. So I chose the one that was purely music oriented. But my main interest in getting involved with dance now is in doing things (creating original peices) which involve blending the knowledge of someone rooted in a musical background with others who have a decent grip on choreography.

(I have a secret desire to make a bunch of people dance to music that you ususally would not imagine anyone dancing to)


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