Dance is rewarding, uplifting, and gratifying. It’s also unforgiving, all-consuming, and demanding.
It is like no other art form – because its language is movement, and it speaks through the human body.
For dance in a professional context, this body is required to be highly attuned – taut yet fluid, weightless yet grounded, spontaneous yet prepared. To maintain this, the daily routine of class is essential.
Filed under Ballet, Opinion
My mum took me to watch a ballet class when I was 5. I thought the girls looked rather queer in their navy leotards, feet splayed and fingers delicately, unnaturally arranged. Before long, I became one of them.
My mum was nothing like a crazed Dance Mom – she wasn’t amazing at ballet buns, and I think my dad was better at sewing elastics/ribbons on shoes (sorry Mum!).
In the words of a friend, my weekend trip with my mum to Hong Kong was “a little extravagant”. We’d booked tickets to see American Ballet Theatre (ABT) perform at the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Christmas night (after the novelty of opening presents).
If you’ve read a previous post, you’ll know my mum is just about as big of a dance buff as I am. She won’t know what a double saut de basque is, but that doesn’t stop her from admiring the breathtaking height of the jump.
We watched ABT perform on two nights – the first, a typical gala programme to open the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Continue reading