Continued from Ballet: Part I
Ballerinas make huge sacrifices from a young age for very little reward. Ballet isn’t exactly a popular form of entertainment compared to sporting events, concerts, movies, and even theater and musicals. Few can earn fame and recognition as a ballerina and their careers are short lived. In an interview, Ms. Lamb said: To lure young people, ballet companies should program “more current” productions with contemporary music and leotards, “rather than a tutu, which nobody has any relation to in the modern world.” That may be true, but I’m old fashioned and I prefer tutus over leotards.
|Sarah Lamb at Monument Valley, AZ for the Royal Opera House|
That’s a big question for another time, but I was surprised to find a Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles clip related to my post. Summer Glau (a former ballerina) plays a terminator who mimics the movements in ballet and even captures the human spirit. One of the main themes of the show was to ask the broader question of, “What makes us human?”
Ballerinas are tough
At first glance, ballet and martial arts appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. But for me, watching ballet dancers inspires me to be a better martial arts practitioner.