The Washington Ballet’s hardest moves—in Slow Motion.

Via on May 26, 2014


The Body Beautiful, in Slow Motion.

We say we are dancers.

We blast Swan Lake, don our tutus—Opal’s is a real tutu, mine a scarf wrapped around my mid-section—and away we go. We twirl, we jump, we sway, we kick. In the confines of our living room, we rule the dance floor. It matters not that Opal is a ballet-class dropout. It matters not that my left knee crunches like a bag of potato chips with every squat.

“Look at this new move, Mom!” Opal says, doing a jump-turn-thing that required 110% of her focus, which registering in the pursed expression on her face.

“Nice one!” I say, “Show me how you did that!”

However, in the larger land of dance and movement, where professional dancers reach a level of body-mastery that is akin to godliness, the rules tremor with a different intensity.

In this video from The Washington Postseveral members of the Washington Ballet demonstrate their most challenging moves. The points of peak action are filmed in slow motion, showing these dancers to be the extraordinary, exquisite marvels of nature that they are.

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Show me how you did that, indeed.


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About Heather Grimes

Heather is a full-time mama to her five-year-old daughter, Opal. She's also a part-time massage therapist to a variety of lovely folks, with a focus on old ladies. In the gaps, she writes, sews, reads, roller skates, falls, writes more, walks and relaxes with her awesome friends and husband. She also loves to tell stories on stage. You can find her at You can also check out her—now, inactive—blog at:


2 Responses to “The Washington Ballet’s hardest moves—in Slow Motion.”

  1. Linda Lewis Linda V. Lewis says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

  2. charles george says:


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