I know I’ve been a bit quiet around here lately but I have a good reason for it. Earlier this school year, in September, I found out that I’m pregnant!
Though this was the best of news for us (my husband and me), in matters of my profession, some adjustments were needed from the beginning:
- I started by informing both schools were I work. Because, if something were to happen, they needed to know;
- Then, after going to the doctor for the first checkup, I needed to slow down a bit but, without telling my students (I didn’t want to tell in the very beginning)
Though my doctor said it was ok for me to do everything as normal, I couldn’t jump. I know it wouldn’t harm my baby, but I simply couldn’t. So, that was the first thing to change. I would only explain the allegros and grands allegros. The students didn’t have any clue about what was going on. They only figured it out when I started to show a baby bump and I gave them the happy news.
Up until Christmas, I could teach a class without sitting down and I didn’t need to make any big changes but, know, 22 weeks pregnant, my doctor said it’s time to slow down a bit more. I need to be seating down more than I’m standing up and that is the tricky part when one has a ballet class to teach!
For now, I’ve been doing the following:
- I don’t do any jumps at all. So, I will only work with vocabulary that was taught from September-December;
- I try to seat through the whole class, speaking loud and clear when I want them to do something without looking at me as an example (for example: a new exercise);
- I will only get up to make a few walks around the class and to teach some new steps;
- I make them think about what they are doing, I make them use their brains to dance;
- I will ask the students to perform some exercises or enchainements in smaller groups, so I can watch and correct them all.
I will not say it has been easy because I don’t like to be seating down. I like to move, to dance, to be able to show my students what I want from them. But, as in every other challenge, I have to make the most out of it. And I also think that te students can benefit from this different approach 😉