Martha Graham once said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Despite what many people may think, ballet is well known across many of nations all over the world. Ballet has been around for hundreds years, and has a very important meaning to many people. It would be a satisfying presumption to think that ballet could change the lives of many people for many years to come. Ballet tells a story, it originated in France, and there are international ballet companies; this is what makes the history of ballet interesting.
The first experience of watching a ballet, for me or any little girl, can be fascinating and exhilarating. Wondering how a dancer can be so steady on her toes as she spins in circles and leaps through the air. Watching a ballet, there is a feeling of wanting to be graceful, as well as the warm sensation felt by a little girl as she slips into dream land. My mom had taken me to my first ballet when I was 11 years old. When we returned home home, she signed me up for classes at the local dance center. The expectations to become a prima ballerina would involve much hard work and concentration. I knew when I started it would take years of steady practice and commitment. Learning the history of ballet and the famous
At a very young age my mother asked me “do you want to do dance or gymnastics?” and I remember my reply was instantly “dance!”. From that moment forward I completely fell in love with ballet, and a couple of years ago I decided I would like to see myself grow up to become a professional ballerina.
A ballet class, especially one at the professional level requires a large amount of dedication and self-discipline. As an art form, ballet is beautiful. It is elegant, it is poised, graceful and seems effortless… from afar. While on stage, you see elegance
All sports require time and dedication to a certain extent. Dance has been my passion and weekend activity since I was three and became a very serious thing from seven to around twelve. I danced at a studio until I entered middle school at K.O. Knudson and dance was my major. I left K.O. and moved to Summerlin where I now attend Palo Verde. I received dance as my elective, being weary about the class considering I was also recovering from a back injury even during my time at K.O. and on top of that knowing I was loosing all of my skill from being absent forever and a day.
I had just moved to Washington state and I auditioned for the local dance studio’s competition team for fun. I had no idea how talented they were. And I was just an untrained recreational dancer…Not surprisingly, I didn’t earn a coveted spot on the team it the first time I auditioned. That didn’t stop me from training seriously and auditioning for the team each year until I made it. And here I stand, now starting on my sixth year on the team and as one of the last people from my original team who decided not to quit when they started high school. Dance isn’t just twirling around in pretty pink tutus. What the general population doesn’t picture when they think of dance is the tremendous amount of strenuous work and the blood and sweat and tears that goes into every performance and competition. Certain dancers can’t handle it and quit when they realize they don’t have the passion. My passion keeps me living and breathing and most importantly, dancing, when times get
My whole life has been of dirty mirrors, old ballet shoes, and ripped tights. I was 5 years old and a beginner at a dance academy. I didn’t quite know what dance was when I got in, I thought it was just a place to spend time in and just enjoy the music they played. Over the years I learned that dance is way more than just a hobby or a place to go when you are bored. It is art, you are the one making art. Your feelings are the story to your dance, and your moves are the music. People will see your pain or happiness through these ways. Dance is not just a hobby, it’s an art, it’s something that you don’t actually have to throw music at when the steps and feelings you add are the music to your dance.
Ballet is an art form that can be your best friend but also your worst enemy. A dancer strives for perfection every day and has to put complete passion into every step to see even the slightest improvement. This is a difficult task, but also an addictive routine. A professional ballet dancer sacrifices a normal childhood into adulthood to become one with the art. Professional dancers pour their heart
Three laps around the gym, minute long planks, crunches, sit-ups, and pushups in a matter of thirty minutes. As a dancer, experiencing and realizing the strength that needs to be present in order for an athlete to grow is vital. We go through long hours of choreography sessions, pain and strain on our bodies, and vigorous training. Many people will disagree on the status of if dance is a sport or not. Both Mary- Elizabeth Esquibel, in her article “Why Dance Will Always Be a Sport” and the infographic entitled “Is Dance a Sport?” attack this controversial dilemma. Even though these arguments use different formats, they use rhetoric similarly.
Ballet is a beautiful and romantic type of performance art. It originated in the Italian court systems in the 15th century (Jonas). Since its origination, ballet has undergone many changes and gained worldwide recognition. Filled with elaborate costumes, cheering audiences, lights, weightless movements and beauty; ballet is admired by many. On the magical stage ballerinas can become whoever they wan to be, and perform in a world of fantasy. For these reasons, children, especially little girls, all over the world dream of becoming ballerinas when they grow up. However, becoming a professional ballerina is an extremely difficult accomplishment, in which few will achieve (Kelso 1). The world of ballet may seem to be filled with glitz and
I have been dancing since the age of two. When asked about my career aspirations, there is no hesitation before saying “I want to be a dancer.” Being a dancer means putting all other distractions aside, and focusing on my craft. Currently, I dedicate over forty hours a week to dance, which is a schedule that requires sacrifice. When I am dancing, the rest of the world fades away, slipping out of my mind with relaxed importance. For that moment in time, I am completely free, wholly focused on my goals, letting me know dance is what I’m meant to do. With this realization comes a responsibility to myself and the work I have put into improving my craft thus far, and I know I must seek out the best opportunities for growth and continued learning.
Growing up was never easy for me, but I did not let that stop me from pursuing my ballet career. I didn’t grow up doing ballet, and taking my first ballet class at the Boys and Girls Club at age 13 gave me a setback compared to others who may have been dancing since they were 3. My teacher put me into many positions,
Ballet was not an exception, the first class I took was so easy and fun I loved it! As time went on the classes got harder and harder, I told my mom I wanted to quit, but she wouldn’t let me this time she said I had made a commitment to the school and I had to do one full year and if I still didn’t like it I wouldn’t have to do it next year. Therefore with
I judged ballet based off how I felt when doing it and since ballet isn’t my favorite style I judged it kind of harshly. The experience it had on my everyday life is to enjoy ballet class more often, since ballet isn’t the most interesting dance I should appreciate all the effort professionals put into it. My percep changed by becoming more supportive of ballet in my daily life. In my future learning, I might look into taking up more informational classes over ballet and technique classes to improve my understanding, to help when I assist younger dancers. In my future, I’ll probably stick to doing ballet until I graduate from college. If I ever had kids I would probably have them try dancing to learn it and I can help them but if they don’t like it they can quit. The experience of ballet taught me dedication. In order to compete, you have to take a ballet class and I wanted to compete with my friends so I keep going, no matter how tired I am that day. Ballet taught me responsibility by being a role model to the little kids. When we combine classes we have to behave and show them how the combinations are