Jeanne Shepard wrote:
More women took ballet lessons.
Jeanne, I"ve an observation/question: I never took ballet or other dance. But what I''ve observed in the dojo is that women who do come to aikido from ballet/modern dance actually seem top heavy, NOT in a literal weight sense but in the sense that, while their posture is excellent, they don't seem to sink into the center as much as float and move the upper body. As a result as newbies they unbalance very easily when, as nage, they try to throw people. This is by no means a scientific survey, but based on observing 3 women over the yrs. Wonder if you or other dance folks (Jo?) have thoughts on this.