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To be quite disgruntled that it seems I haven't grown up to be a ballerina.

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Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:25:43

I just think it's quite unfair really.

I did ballet for like 4 or 5 years when I was quite small. Good toes, naughty toes etc etc.

I really REALLY wanted hard to be a ballerina, and I still do, so imagine my shock and dismay when I realise last night that some lovely, bendy, pointy-toes Russian lady is dancing Giselle partnered by Carlos Acosta at the Royal Opera House and I'm just WATCHING her do it at the cinema in Ellesmere Port.

Who can I complain to about this please? There's just no ballet justice in this world sad

candycoatedwaterdrops Tue 28-Jan-14 20:27:05

YANBU. I did ballet from the age of 13 to 17 years. I should be Darcey fucking Bussell by now!

ImperialBlether Tue 28-Jan-14 20:28:01

I feel the same. I read Ballet Shoes many, many times but didn't actually have any lessons.

Hey, just realised you're near me! I'm on the Wirral.

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:29:27

She was there last night interviewing Peter what'shisface ballet magic maker chap. She had a very big sparkly necklace on.
She looked sad too that she wasn't in it either.
Tough Darcey. Someone else's turn.

springlamb Tue 28-Jan-14 20:31:17

I don't think Mater ever got over the fact that I did not grow up to become Bonnie Langford after all that money on tap dancing lessons in the 70s.

Should've kept it up really then I might not be such a podge.

Littlegreyauditor Tue 28-Jan-14 20:33:08

I used to do ballet, but according to bitchy boots ballet madame I had to quit horse riding at once as all it will do to a girl is "give a rather large bottom and thighs like a man".

She was right about that. grin. Not for me the willowy élégance of a swan, but rather a physique once memorably described as "useful looking".

Ah well.

tak1ngchances Tue 28-Jan-14 20:35:09

Wasn't the bendy russian lady AMAZING though?

RobinSparkles Tue 28-Jan-14 20:35:19

I would have loved to have been a dancer sad.

I begged my mum from the age of three to go to ballet. She finally let me go when I was 5. I wasn't put forward for an exam because the teacher didn't think I was ready. My mum made me feel awful about it. "So and so is ready, why are you not ready? It's just a waste of money."

She made me feel so guilty that I said I wouldn't go anymore.

When I was older I did Disco, Latin and ballroom. I had to give that up because my mum made me get a Saturday job.

My bloody mother ruined my career! grin

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:36:17

grin grin @ useful looking. Oh dear. Well balls to her I say. I think all of us wot are not ballerinas should throw off this repression and just demand harder to be one.

I want to be lifted right up. It's my right to be lifted up. Preferably by Carlos.

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:39:00

<googles> Nathalia Osipova. Yes she was utterly God damned brilliant.

[extreme envy]

LostInWales Tue 28-Jan-14 20:39:36

I think with the right quantities of gin I could arrange for that to happen. I'm not Darryl from Mallory towers either. Stupid grown up world.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-Jan-14 20:41:11

I didn't see it. Bet it was amazing

Dd is at full time ballet/dance school but she won't be a ballerina - wrong physique - she wants to be a musical theatre dancer

But I was so proud last week watching her ballet class at her parents evening.

I have all the grace if an elephant. Apparently dh has fabulous natural turnout but he can't put one got in front of the other in time.

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:42:16


Does gin help you get your leg right up there ^

And out the back?

They never mentioned gin at Saturday morning ballet class.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 28-Jan-14 20:43:11

Little grey -

There is a whole list of things dd isn't allowed to do like ice skate, ski, trampoline or ride a horse (not that she's ever done most of them anyway£

runningonwillpower Tue 28-Jan-14 20:44:43

Turns out I'm never going to play in the orchestra.

Mind you, I had fair warning. Mr Stewart gave my mum and dad the heads up fifty years ago.

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:45:02

Do you rub the gin in, like liniment?

Proud mum moment there Pictures smile

Yes it was bloody brilliant (Giselle). I see some cinemas are doing an encore showing of it.

Gigondas Tue 28-Jan-14 20:45:13

[whispers] I was very lucky as was there last night - Russian lady was amazing, her jumps made her float.

LostInWales Tue 28-Jan-14 20:45:45

<practices her lifts> I was thinking you drink the gin then I could do the lift? Not a good idea?

Hoppinggreen Tue 28-Jan-14 20:46:08

I didn't grow up to be a mermaid or married to Buck Rodgers.
Sooooo unfair!!!

LostInWales Tue 28-Jan-14 20:46:08

My middle name is Carlos. Honest.

Littlegreyauditor Tue 28-Jan-14 20:48:42

Natural turnout?

Like a horse? confused

I am not at all liftable I'm afraid. No delicate little dancer behaviour for me. I'm too tall and too muscular. However I can carry my own suitcase and I am also a semi retired martial artist so I can throw a man roughly to the ground with an entirely satisfying thwack.

These are the things which must console me now.

Slubberdegullion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:49:11

<plans lifting up meet up with Losty>

Oooooh were you really there live Gigondas?! Wow. I love the live cinema screenings but to have seen her dance with your own actual eyeballs must have been something else. Didn't she do total crazer at the end of act 1 well? Proper bonkers, but elegantly.

Mumraathenoisylion Tue 28-Jan-14 20:49:49

YANBU. I did it twice for the smarties they handed out at the end but I was still convinced I would be a ballerina.

RedPencils Tue 28-Jan-14 20:51:01

I have finally come to terms with the fact that I'm not a champion show jumper. I have forgiven my parents for not buying me a horse, even though i asked for one every birthday and Christmas since I was 9. I thought they were holding me back, but they're right that I would never have looked after it.

I'm quite disappointed that Ive never be asked to appear in Strictly. I know what dresses Ill have, what pro I'm going to dance with, music, the works. Bastards.

shebird Tue 28-Jan-14 20:51:13

I can only blame myself when after 6 years of ballet I discovered boys and that was the end of my dancing career. Now I am living vicariously through my DDs and hoping that they have more willpower than their mumsmile

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