What is the hardest single ballet (or section of a ballet) you or your colleagues has ever had to dance?
Rebecca King of Miami City Ballet, writing in her blog Tendus Under a Palm Tree, answers the question from the point of view of a member of the corps.
That answer is easy: Balanchine’s Square Dance. I can’t speak for everyone, but I am 90% certain that everyone who has danced this ballet would say it is one of the hardest things they have ever done. The other 10% have a very strong petite allegro (small, quick, jumps) and the choreography thus comes much easier to them. I am jealous!
It would be interesting to hear what our Ballet Alert members -- dancers, exdancers, and audience members -- would say in response to the question.
Based on what you know -- or just what you might guess as a member of the audience -- do you agree with King about Square Dance. If not, what other ballets or sections of ballets seem especially difficult? Any thoughts about what makes them so hard? Or what a dancer has to do to make them LOOK easy?