First contact with ballet
Posted 27 August 2001 - 05:47 PM
I saw my first ballerina in a book, "The Book of Dance," by Agnes de Mille. I read the book cover to cover with particular attention to the many good pictures. Not too long afterwards I badgered my mother into taking me to a performance, and the rest is history.
Posted 27 August 2001 - 07:17 PM
Posted 28 August 2001 - 01:23 AM
Posted 28 August 2001 - 06:01 AM
At first I had a take it or leave attitude toward the classes, but one day my teacher invited me to watch a studio run of LES SYLPHIDES.
I was affected by LES SYLPHIDES the way James was affected by his Sylph in LA SYLPHIDE. The musicality, movement and symmetry were more beautiful than anything I had ever imagined.
From that moment I worked my hardest to become a dancer some day.
Posted 28 August 2001 - 08:16 AM
Posted 28 August 2001 - 01:27 PM
Posted 28 August 2001 - 01:36 PM
was not interested in "seeing a fag dancing".
A typical response from a boy of 16 at the
time! In 1974, I saw pictures of Rudi in a
Life mag. from the mid-60's. I was amazed by
the elevation of his leaps. I then asked my
mother if he used a trampoline! She said, "No
dummy, that is the guy I wanted to take you to see dance last year. I saw him in "Sleeping Beauty" with the National Ballet of
Canada. I never looked back!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Posted 28 August 2001 - 05:55 PM
Posted 29 August 2001 - 04:50 PM
Later on when my cousins took ballet my Mom asked me if I wanted to join them but, much to my regret now, I preferred to play baseball with my brother and his friends! My Mom did love dance but mainly Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Donald O'Connor so my love of ballet probably stemmed from her. I will confess on this board that my father thought Groucho Marx was a very good dancer!
It wasn't until after I'd married and moved away to the area where I now live that I saw a 'Swan Lake' on PBS, thought it was beautiful but also thought you had to go to New York City to see that caliber of ballet. My sweet husband, bless his heart, informed his hillbilly wife that dance such as I saw on PBS was available at the Kennedy Center. About 20 years ago for Christmas he gave me a string of pearls and tickets for ABT and it's been love ever since!
I count ballet as one of those essential things that makes life worthwhile now. (And in a nod to my Dad, I love the Marx Brothers too, but I don't think Groucho's dancing is quite up to ballet standards!)
Posted 30 August 2001 - 05:10 PM
I came to ballet at the advanced age of 26! I had taken modern dance in college, but never had the opportunity to SEE anything and hated the teacher, so I didn't go to dance performances. I was intimidated by ballet -- like opera, it seemed something you had to know something about to see and enjoy. (Yes, stupid.) Then I went with a group of friends to see a Nureyev and Friends program and was Hooked for Life. I've thought about dancing every day since.
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