Now married to the man of my dreams.
Ballet dancer and teacher. And yes I am a man en pointe.
Graduated from ballet school in 2011
Russian living in Australia.
Recovered from anorexia.
Can I unwatch this? No but seriously, this is partly why ballet is getting less and less popular because the media shows this when there are people like Lopatkina…
omg the end pose wtf did i just watch
You know, I don’t think that this is the reason why less and less people go to see ballets. I think it’s because we are making it into something exclusive, something higher you have to have special education for to understand and appreciate it while dancing should be for anbody. I don’t see why it is wrong to feature the work of this girl on TV. She probably worked very hard to get to this point of performance. Instead of making ballet more and more about technique and perfection we should take a step back and make it about having fun again. Dancing should be as much fun as hard work. And not about who has the best arch and the highest legs. Maybe we should ask all the non-ballet blogs out there what their opinion on the whole ballet community is.
I think that you are right in that we need to bring the joy and passion of dance back, but we should still try to maintain the quality of ballet, because even an untrained eye can see the beauty of the movements and tbh I think they’d prefer that.
And let’s not forget that this is dangerous for her feet because obviously they are not strong enough for pointe shoes.
agreed! Though I think it wouldn’t hurt to let dancers also be humans again. This life of sacrificing can’t be the only way. Plus I don’t see any room for improvement anymore. Where do you imagine ballet in 50 years? And I speak of classical ballet, not the modern stuff, that’s a different discussion. If it goes on like that I fear it will become extinct.
ok not that i am very educated about this at all but I do agree that ballet (and a lot of performing arts like plays and opera and, idk, orchestra??) is something exclusive by class, but it’s also become increasingly accessible to people who aren’t upper class-of course not entirely so, tickets are expensive and classes are expensive and it’s generally a thing most people can’t really relate to, especially if they don’t know how to…interpret and appreciate
(you can compare this with some other popular dances like jazz and hip hop-they didn’t originate from the upper echelons of society, they weren’t exclusive and they brought people together as part of popular culture - ballet originated in royal friggin courts and was a thing high class people turned up at because it was the thing to do) (again correct me if i’m wrong please) anyway I think the history and culture of ballet is/was v problematic (as is evident in the management of theatres now lol)
but while all this and the need for perfection and specialized training may alienate people it /has/ resulted in the beauty of the art we have today… I don’t think dancers should be pushed beyond their willing limits but the struggle for perfection certainly isn’t unique to ballet, this culture seems to be very prevalent in arts and sports in general? how do you /lower/ the standards of ballet for people who are so willing to sacrifice everything for it to dance as well as they can? (not criticising your sentiment just thinking)
I appreciate this girl’s efforts but do agree that the media shouldn’t be as lazy as to misrepresent ballet in popular culture though like it’s not that hard to draw proper technique, cartoon people??
I just love to read people’s opinions and sometimes they even change my mind(as it just did)!! This is one reason of many why I love the ballet side of tumblr
Just saying to everyone who thinks this girl can’t dance and is too weak for pointe. She isn’t. Firstly, look at that stage. It’s shiny. It’s SLIPPERY. If you’ve ever danced en pointe on a slippery surface you will know that you will pull back your pointe so you don’t fall on your face. But look at her arms, her lines, her expressiveness - she’s clearly had YEARS of proper training and she has a BA and MA, I’m doing my BA at the moment and my time to put into ballet is quite poor aside from the fact I take dance as a major - she didn’t. So time to actually dedicate to ballet is slim, and yet she dances with wonderful expressive arms. She clearly chose a dance that matches her level of skill.
She has flat feet which make her look like she isn’t on her box properly and her shoes don’t look fully broken in because of that. She went to SF School of the Arts, a rather prestigious school where many dancers go. So she’s not just some random trying to show of something she learnt, she’s actually trained hard in this. Take a look at this video and then come back and tell me she isn’t good enough for pointe: http://vimeo.com/2632276