Dance Stories: Claire

by Saturday, January 16, 2016

I met Claire in one of the classes of Muswell Hill, and she is a dancer. I mean she is a doctor but you can understand as soon she starts to move she has a dance training. She is elegant and sparkling and very happy woman….During the Christmas holidays she come to me with her 2 little and beautiful daughters and we did some pre-ballet all together such as ducks and swans … they were super cute!  It was fun.

I’m happy to share with you all Claire story.

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I have been dancing since the age of 4. I did the classical ballet during my entire childhood and combined this at older age with synchronized swimming. Once I left to study, I found another ballet school and started to combine my classical ballet lessons with other forms of dance, such as Jazz ballet, Flamenco, Salsa and other Latin dances. I even did some Bollywood dancing! When abroad for my studies I always found ballet schools to continue dancing. Later whilst traveling I have always looked out for opportunities to listen to music and dance and I always found other people to dance with even though we would not speak each others language!

Dancing is an integral part of my life and especially of my well being. During my pregnancies I stopped dancing the ballet due to pelvic pains; I did everything the physiotherapists told me to do, waited 6 months and then re-started dancing. Immediately I felt what I had been missing during all the time of pregnancy and nursing! After my 3rd pregnancy I discovered “Bold Bodies”. Even though I have just started I know this is really what I need! It combines the classical ballet, with the energy and the music of so many other dances.

I love the control over my body, I love to feel the strength of my body, I love music and I just cannot NOT move when there is music. Dancing makes me feel so profoundly happy!

I have always danced. Initially stimulated by my mother, and over time it has become a part of me. Apart from the strength and the energy I get from it, it allows me to express myself in a way I could not do otherwise. It allows me to feel free en enjoy life at its most.

SO many memories!  As a child, as an adolescent, performing on stage in different settings. Even as a medical student I performed on stage with our ballet school at that time. Strict Russian classical ballet in the Netherlands and even in Mexico DF and in the Yucatan (Mexico), but also the crazy Jazz ballet with a great teacher in an historical building, dancing the night away after class!

I deeply benefit from dance: Apart from getting back into shape it increases my energy levels and my joy in life!

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