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Making Ballet Fun

"Ballet is so... serious."

"Ballet is so boring."

"Ballet moves too slow and the music is old."

"Ballet is too stiff for me."

These are all complaints that we've heard students say about ballet. Opinions of ballet have shifted as time has passed. It was during the post-modern period of dance, which began around 1960, that shifted the thoughts on ballet to more of a "conditioning" aspect of dance as a whole. Ballet was thought of as a way for dancers to stay in shape and become stronger dancers. Even today, it is thought by many that ballet is equated to taking vitamins.

How can we re-frame ballet in today's dance world? How can we rid ballet of the "why so serious?" feel that pushes many dancers away from it? We must teach them the positive aspects of ballet! We must show them how to find beauty, passion, drama and intrigue in ballet! We must show them how "cool" ballet is!

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Photo: Ashley Murphy, Dance Theatre of Harlem


 

If There is Only One Thing

We sat in class watching dance students. They are all in different phases of life; Some are starting high school, some just finished and are packing up their childhood, on their way to college. Some were going through personal drama, and others are dealing with bad friends or embarrassing moments. We wondered:

If there is only one thing they take from their teachers, what would it be?

We want them to feel and understand completely how deeply the love for dance runs. And we want them to carry that confidence with them always.

Our passion for dance cannot be measured. It's nothing like baking cupcakes. There isn't a specific amount of passion to be poured into the mix. For us, it is everything, all of it: the reason why we do what we do, live how we live, believe how we believe. It's the reason why we carry faith and happiness with us in everything we do. Within every one of our cells there is an urge and need and desire to dance. It's a rush, a jolt of beautiful, that feels a little something like...


 

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