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!

Anton Korsakov & Ekaterina Osmolkina and members of the Kirov’s corps in the Fokine ballet Chopiniana in 2008. Photo by Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

Anton Korsakov & Ekaterina Osmolkina and members of the Kirov’s corps in the Fokine ballet Chopiniana in 2008. Photo by Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

(Source: The New York Times)

The Royal Ballet’s Yuhui Choe performs Balanchine’s ‘Ballo della Regina’ at The Royal Opera House, May 2012

The Royal Ballet’s Yuhui Choe performs Balanchine’s ‘Ballo della Regina’ at The Royal Opera House, May 2012

(Source: royalballet)