Wow! Bendi-Girls of Ballet. {Video}

Via Valerie Carruthers
on Apr 6, 2012
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 One is born to be a great dancer.

           ~ George Balanchine

The six breathtaking young dancers appearing in First Position, the feature-length documentary leaping into theaters in May, are fabulously gifted. They possess phenomenal flexibility and focus. Desire and determination. Plus the willingness to go ever deeper into their edge. They could well be yogis—constant pain notwithstanding.

From the film’s site,

With unprecedented (and exclusive) access to the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest competition that awards full scholarships to top ballet schools, First Position takes audiences on a yearlong journey around the world.  At a time when art, music and dance for children are severely under-funded, the film reveals the struggles and success, the pain and extraordinary beauty of an art form so many children across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to…despite the odds.

Extra! From the other end of the spectrum:

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About Valerie Carruthers

Valerie is a maverick yogini who loves teaching and practicing Yoga and meditation as well as writing for magazines and the Web, not always in the same order or on the same day. She first practiced Yoga in New York City back when there were mainly “Hatha” classes and no soundtracks. When performing an asana had absolutely nothing to do with toning one’s ass. Based in east central Florida, she has taught classes to diverse populations for the past decade. Valerie is currently focusing on teaching workshops that combine Yoga and art-making for all levels. When wearing her freelancer’s hat, Valerie writes about a) how to devolve from the world and evolve spiritually and b) whatever fascinates her about where the social face of Yoga in its rapidly shifting manifestations merges into the cosmic face of Yoga in all its blazing glory.


11 Responses to “Wow! Bendi-Girls of Ballet. {Video}”

  1. I love this Val! Makes me miss ballet. Posting to elephant culture on FB.

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    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

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  4. ValCarruthers says:

    Super! Thanks so much, Kate :)) xoxo

  5. ValCarruthers says:

    Thanks, T. tap-tap-tap…

  6. ValCarruthers says:

    Thank you T! xoxo

  7. ValCarruthers says:

    My pleasure, Andrea—thank you!

  8. […] improv is an opportunity to explore human movement in a different way than the solo efforts of ballet or hatha […]

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    Dr Hamlin has our whole family thinking and feeling healthier!

  10. Hi Valerie, Thanks for posting. I am currently teaching Yoga to a young woman who is an inspiring figure skater. I don't think OR did I ever think for one second that she is losing her childhood. I know about the sacrifices she is making to do this…It is my opinion that these children are GIFTED…and they should pursue it as far as they can….and without regret.
    Everything in life has a price and many people would do well to remember that point..If you do this…it will cost..if you do that….it will cost…in the end, that's the way it goes…

    So I truly believe when one has a passion and many people just don't ~ one should go steadily after that dream! The lessons learned and the journey will be so amazing even if they don't get the gold, or whatever.

    One can see many 30 and 40 year olds who had a pretty good childhood with all the trimmings and who are not probably much better off in terms of their level of understanding of life and how to be happy in a difficult world.

    I have worked with my student through so many trials and tribulations and physical injuries….So I bless her courage and those who also aspire to great heights.