by Marilyn Brady June 28, 2018
The day I took a step into a ballet studio for my first time, I knew it was going to change my life. Fast forward almost 14 years later and I was right. Ballet has provided me with a very strong work ethic that I can now put forward into everything I do.
I was taught that being “on time” was really being 30 minutes early. I learned early on that when you were sick unless you were dying, you needed to be at rehearsal. And if someone got injured, the show must go on. Many times, I was forced to learn someone’s part during intermission of a show because of an injury (intermission was usually only 15 to 20 minutes long.)
Not only is ballet very disciplined, but the art itself takes a lot of brain power and will. You are constantly multitasking and striving to perfect your every move. This requires many hours of classes and rehearsals each week — sometimes resulting in missing important events such as prom or birthday parties.
I would never take back a second of my ballet career as every second set me up to be the person I am today — confident, determined, dedicated, passionate, and hard-working.