Monday, January 7, 2008

DanceMind: Dear Janie -- Being Clear

Yes, there are many reasons why one dances. I am interested to hear from others WHY you dance Ballet or other forms of dance.

Of course Janie, You may continue to expound on it, especially since you have moved thru Nutcracker season. In retrospect, how does this desire to dance keep you moving when your body is at its energeic end and is throbbing.

Sanna Carapellotti


Anonymous said...

For me Ballet is the best way I can express myself. Even though it in itself causes stress it relieves the stress of normal living. It makes me feel good to work hard for something I love, I'm a bit of a workaholic, it helps me use up my hunger for work. I feel right and complete when I'm dancing. It's a piece of me and when I don't have it I'm sortof empty.

Once when I was taking class from a guest artist she was talking about the pain of dancing. She said ballet dancers are liars, we make everything seem so effotless and painless to the general public when really we are cursing our pointe shoes. We have to lie becasue if we didn't how would we get all those little girls to come to ballet class? They see the the pink satin and tiaras and smiles and applause and flowers. If we constanly showed them the blood and sweat they wouldn't find it appealing. It's an illusion! So also for me striving to be a "Liar" (lol that doesn't sound right) in a sense and create that wonderful illusion is something that keeps me going. I want to work hard and create that etheral illusion for people that others created for me. You recieve and pass it on.

Furthermore, ballet is one of the only things in my life that is consistent and always the same. My school scedule is constanly changing, I'm homeschooled, I have a "flexible" schedule so my workload is always different. We alwats start with plies wether it's the actual combination or a warmup. it always ends with reverance. I like the dicipline that ballet demands with so little of it in the world anymore, and the respect too as Janie mentioned.

I love being on the stage and pretending to be someone else. Another illusion thing.

I love going to class and the girls I dance with, some of which are my best friends. I love watching it and the feeling you get from watching a truly great ballerina.

Also, like Janie, it so cool to be part of "a worldwide network." To normal people ballet dancers are well I don't know exactly what they think of us but we are practically another species to them and it cool to be part of that.

And finally just simply I love it, I love so much and can't imagine life without it! There are so many things ballet has done for me and fufills for me. it's a really great thing.


Anonymous said...

It is difficult to explain that love. It is a feeling, I think. I have it too. I overwhelms me at times. I think I would cry for a long time if I could not dance.