Today’s topic is on ballet, specifically, documentaries / reality dramas on real dancers. I’d heard about the movie First Position but while googling for more information one day, I discovered Breaking Pointe, a 6 episode series on dancers from Ballet West in SLC, Utah. I was blown away. I mean, I always am by every dancer out there whether they’re “good” or “bad”. You see, I LOVE to dance. I incorporate dance into my daily life. I think dancers usually end up walking around as normal human beings when they’re not in class or on stage but I’m always walking on demi-pointe or arabequeing my rubbish away. 😛 THAT said, however, I am NOT a ballerina. Why? Because I’m too lazy.
That’s what I figured out today and what I’d remembered Mum telling me years ago (I’d asked her why she had not put me in ballet classes when I was younger and she told me she’d tried to put me in the best ballet school but I refused! I have NO idea what I was thinking about back then – maybe I misheard? 😛 However, when I did take ballet at age 9, I know I NEVER practised outside of class. I still don’t. I’m just too lazy). These dancers practise 8-10 hours daily (if not more?) and keep pushing themselves to be the best. They have a long-term relationship with ballet (yes, it is possible. I can understand). It’s stretching every morning and evening to remain flexible and not feel so stiff the following day.
Of course, some may argue that the series would make non-ballerina/os like me think this is exactly what goes behind the scenes in a ballet company. I think Breaking Pointe gives us a glimpse of what it’s like in ballet companies around the world. I’m not sure about the drama because as a viewer, I think all the dancers are just nice, hard-working, drama-free people. Then Black Swan hit theatres and changed my perception…
I still have to see First Position and a few more ballet-related movies. 🙂 Certainly hoping CW renews Breaking Pointe for a 2nd season (please!!!). In the meantime, enjoy some ballet on the telly and maybe learn a few tips! 😉