When I was a girl, my mother took me to the ballet. Not the classic Nutcracker Suite that mommies take their little girls to see, but the New York City Ballet Company, with Balanchine still at the helm. I left the theater feeling light as a snowflake, sure that I’d found my future … that all I needed were a few lessons, a pair of those cool ballet slippers and I could leap and twirl on my tippy toes just like the stars at the ballet.
I had not accounted for the klutz factor. I was very young and sure that wanting it badly enough would make it happen.
Alas, but it did not happen. I had absolutely no talent for dance. None. In the course of years, I tried everything from ballet, through tap, to jazz and everything in between with essentially the same results. I wasn’t even good enough to make me feel comfortable dancing at parties.
But I coped.
I could play the piano and was enough of a musician to be included in a circle of people who cared about music, some of whom shared my love of dance. I translated dreams of dancing in the ballet to going to the ballet whenever I could, collecting movies about dance, and had the pleasure of introducing my granddaughter to the ballet.
For anyone who likes dance … even if you don’t … please enjoy one of my favorite “ballet movies” ever … the delicious parody of classical ballet from the ”Fantasia.” No matter how many times I see it, it always makes me laugh. You just have to love hippos in tutus.
If this doesn’t make you laugh, maybe you were replaced by a pod while you slept.
Gorgeous, Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The New York City Ballet (ibtimes.com)
The Beauty of Balanchine: New York City Ballet (onefinestay.com)
Let the Month of Sugar Plums Begin! (nytimes.com)
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! Win A Pair of tickets! (mommyniri.com)
Gorgeous, Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The New York City Ballet (businessinsider.com)
The genius of Balanchine: A visual breakdown (cbsnews.com)
Dance: Moscow Ballet’s daddy of all “Nutcrackers” returns (denverpost.com)