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In this topic the theme is ballet and the variations are dances that are not ballet but have some connection with ballet or ones that are ballet and have some unusual variation.

I’ve read somewhere that the dancers of the Corps de Ballet in Swan Lake who dance at the back are said to get their feet wet.  Well here is a video (6 ½ minutes) where they actually do get their feet wet.  Also, there are 24 Petit Cygnes dancing together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01E_ri7OJiE

Tom,

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Imagine dancers portraying 24 birds arriving at a lake.  Joining them a little later is another bird who appears to be their queen and with this queen is a young man who could be a prince.  This young prince even follows the queen of the birds with his eyes as she lifts into the sky.  It could be Germany by the Lake of the Swans with Odette and Siegfried but it isn’t, it is China and the birds are not swans, but Crested Ibis.  The nice part is that Rothbart is nowhere to be seen.  Here is the 11 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEZrszAfNqE.

Crested Ibis have all but gone extinct when 7 were found in Shaanxi Province, China and now the species is in recovery and even have been introduced into South Korea and Japan.  Here is a short video, a little over one minute long, of the birds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr0ZQ0Bjo78.

Tom,

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Here is a video 1 1/2 minutes long of excerpts from a dance production of The Firebird, with what appears to be a male firebird.  It was choreographed by Maurice Bejart of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UxWPhxuNt4.  Here is a question: would people consider this to be ballet or another form of dance.  In any case it is well performed.

This next video, 4 minutes long, is of Oksana Baiul skating to the music “The Swan.” Basically she is performing the Dying Swan ballet, but on skates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZVsSoyMXdU.

Tom,

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