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I just posted a super difficult blog post that I’ve been trying to write for a few months. I also thought about waiting until the summer to post it, but feel that now is the best time. The details are there, but essentially this is my last year teaching. I also won’t be active on this account anymore. It’ll remain live, as will my blog, but I won’t be checking in on it. This has been an extremely difficult decision to have to come to, but it’s one I can’t avoid anymore. If you’d like to keep up with me, please feel free to follow my personal account @emileeayers or my poetry account @forthestranger (or my “nerd” account if you’re into that, @thenerdjacket ) I love y’all so much and am super grateful for the friends I’ve made over the years through ballet. Super proud of y’all and everything you’re accomplishing every day. (Thanks to Mrs Gigi for this picture from nutcracker this year. It’s super special to me.)
I’ll have a proper post after the trip when I can blog. I’m the meantime, please enjoy this photo of @ballerinakay that I am properly obsessed with. ❤️
Two years ago today, I met @allie_on_pointe in person! In NINE DAYS we’re going to London together! I truly cherish the friends being in the dance world as an adult has given me. ❤️
Caught the train, heading back to hogwarts. See you witches (and wizards) there!
The dance season started up this week! My classes started today, and I wrote a blog post about it. Now I’m gonna go sleep. Link in bio
I was at a Harry Potter convention this weekend with my best friend and had an unexpected ballet encounter. I wrote about it if that’s your sort of thing. Link in the bio. 💛🖤

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It takes dedication to see the difference.

My dance teacher has been gone here and there this summer.
In her place, sometimes we have Sarah T teach us.
I really love it when we get her as a sub, because she understands where we are and she has a great way of explaining things. Sometimes a different point of view can help substantially.

In these classes, she has taught me many things I have wanted to blog about, but I get so excited that I forget to remember them… It makes me really mad, because they are wonderful life lessons and she’s inadvertently showing me how to be a better person.
One thing that is undeniable is her dedication.
She is a living example that if you’re dedicated, you’ll see the difference.
She also takes us where we are, challenges us to push harder, but understands if there’s a reason we have to slow down. She doesn’t let you just sit in excuses, but gives you the balance when something may not be functioning as well.

I have a hard time with my circulation. I forget to breathe or don’t breathe correctly, and it affects my performance. I’m trying to build up my endurance, and have to start very small. Usually, this embarrasses me enough to avoid it, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to get serious. That’s gonna take doing new things, which I’m scared of.
Exposure, accountability, endurance.
These three things are happening, and I’m on my way to becoming the best me I have ever been.

Also, I’m being challenged to improve the things I already know how to do. To really get a taste of the difficulty ballet can pose. And I’m concurring. I’m improving and pushing through to be better.

I really appreciate Sarah and her way of life. It’s a great example to show me that it’s possible to do these things I desire.

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