I loooove Ballet…even if I don’t fully get it. {Videos}

Via on Nov 22, 2009

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I’ve loved ballet, in the way you love something that you don’t fully understand and are sometimes mystified and occasionally bored by—since I was maybe eight; my mom used to take me to the Nutcracker at Macky Auditorium in Boulder back in the day.

Then, my first love, in Vermont, when I was 15, was a dedicated ballerina. She lived and breathed it. She was lovely except for permanently scrunched-up feet—a vivid reflection of her dedication. She knew all the great ballerinas and choreographers, and I got to go to a few performances—that, as per usual, I loved, didn’t fully get, and was mystified and occasionally bored by.

This year, for the first time in years, I’ll go to the Nutcracker, which elephantjournal.com is proud to sponsor here in Boulder (see ad at left).

A few random inspiring videos, and a few from the Boulder production of the Nutcracker:

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2 Responses to “I loooove Ballet…even if I don’t fully get it. {Videos}”

  1. swati jr* says:

    it would be hard to be a conscious Westerner and not have a love/hate relationship with ballet. its patriarchal/colonialist roots are all too ingrained in our psyches. i started ballet at age four and only found bliss and joy in dance once i was introduced to the African dance tradition. anyone else who has studied ethnodanceology and the like probably wants to write a dissertation here as well. but i'll refrain-

  2. Diana Mercer diana mercer says:

    Have you heard about 'The Ballerina Project'? It is a photography project celebrating lithe and lovely ballerinas in urban and gritty settings. So pretty. http://www.facebook.com/pages/ballerina-project/2

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