Precious Adams of USA, from Bolshoi Ballet Academy, stretches during a training session of the Contemporary Classes at the 42th International Ballet Competition “Prix de Lausanne” in February 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Source: Alexander Roth-Grisard/Getty Images Europe)

Precious Adams of USA, from Bolshoi Ballet Academy, stretches during a training session of the Contemporary Classes at the 42th International Ballet Competition “Prix de Lausanne” in February 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Source: Alexander Roth-Grisard/Getty Images Europe)

(Source: zimbio.com)

nieuwebegin:

Ballet: ‘A symbol of new South Africa’

“Focusing on ballet, that was not possible (before), nothing to think of in the township,” Trimbos said. “They have big dreams. Those things are now open for them.”

“The youngsters, they want to do it,” Trimbos said. “It’s a symbol of new South Africa, really. It’s progress, big progress.”

Beautiful gallery here.

(via ryanishka)

American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 1987
Ruth Vassenka Lewis & David Pittenger photographed by Martha Swope 

American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 1987

Ruth Vassenka Lewis & David Pittenger photographed by Martha Swope 

I’ve been getting a lot of really similar questions lately, so I figured I’d answer them like this:

fuckyesballet:

Q: Follow me?!

A: This is not my main blog so you’ll never see FYB follow you, sorry! 

Q: I used to dance then quit, can I still be a ballet dancer?

A: If you enjoy dancing, dance! 

Q: I just started dancing at 14/15/16, can I still be a ballet dancer? Is it too late?

A: If you enjoy dancing, dance! 

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Although I appreciate that you respect me enough to ask, I can’t appraise your ability to become a professional over the internet, nor do I want to. If you love to dance, continue to do so regardless of how likely you think it is that you’ll make it as a pro. Here’s my humble advice:

  • Take as many classes as you can
  • Try out different pedagogies & teachers, see what suits your personal style
  • Attend summer intensives & workshops when possible
  • Work your hardest in every class
  • Maintain a positive & optimistic attitude, let the competitiveness that is innate to the ballet world drive you but try to keep it from overwhelming you (one tip I have in this department is to foster other interests, don’t let ballet be the ONLY thing that can bring you joy because realistically, it’s not always going to)

Hope that will help someone!