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Terry

What does a dancer need to become a prima ballerina?

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After checking out the book sale, I think a prima is someone who gets her biography published!

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I've been wondering about this lately, actually. There are stories that tell you that Fonteyn was so obviously a ballerina from the very beginning- that to jjust look at her you wanted to cry because of her natural gifts. I guess she just had a very natural vulnerability, radiance or other such quality to her personality. You begin to wonder if you can spot a "ballerina" from the start. Having just seen ABT, I can say that there are a lot of good dancers there, but only a couple of them struck me as ballerina types- and those were not necessarily the ones dancing the larger roles. It is very subjective, though- except in the cases of an honor being bestowed (Fonteyn). One person's ideal ballerina may appear as a dancer with two left feet to someone else.

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Just something Clive Barnes said about the politics of ballet. He said something along the lines of "There are two types of politics: politics and ballet politics. Politics are bad, and ballet politics are worse."

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