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Being a Ballerina isn't Basic but Brutal

May 15, 2018

I used to do ballet for years growing up, the money spent on clothing, accessoires, dresses, shoes, exams and classes! But I loved it, it was my freedom. We had exams, tests and annual massive performances. 

 

 

 

 

The thing is people see ballerinas and think two things n01, So pretty and perfect lifestyle n02 Looks so easy and fun! WRONG! Or Most people's ballet reference point is Natalie Portman in The Black Swan.

 

It is a super hard industry to get into, your lifestyle, health, diet, social life, you are basically balancing on a wire. Here are some crazy facts you didn't know about these ballerinas that will make you look at them in such a passionate way that if you have a goal you will do anything you can to get it!  Even though they are so therapeutic and musing to look at, but you know what I mean! 

 

 The corps is the lowest rung on the ladder and they work hard. These young dancers can dance seven performances a week, in five different ballets, sometimes changing costumes at intermission to dance two roles in a night.

 

Being A Ballerina Is So Expensive That Some Simply Can't Afford To Do It

 

Every time a dancer jumps on pointe, three times her body weight is carried on the tip of her big toe.

 

Pointe Work Leaves Feet Swollen, Bruised And Bloody 

 

 

Twelve-hour days are the weekday norm - This is back to back rehursals, phsyical theraphy, fittings etc. 

 

Police officers in Romania were sent to take ballet classes in order to help them to manage traffic with more grace and ease.

 

Ballerinas Don't Participate In Life Like Everybody Else Does

It isn’t just child dancers who have to make sacrifices. Many professional ballerinas comment that ballet isn’t a job—it’s a lifestyle. The way you eat, socialize and spend your free time are all influenced by ballet when you’re a pro, and that lifestyle can come with its own sacrifices that extend beyond missing out on family birthday parties or binging on pizza on Saturday nights.

 

Irina Kolesnikova, one of the world’s most famous prima ballerinas, was infamously slammed by critics after she performed at St Albert Hall with the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre company in 2007. The reviews said that she didn’t play the Swan Princess Odette as well as she normally did. Later, Kolesnikova admitted that at the time, she had just gone for a pregnancy scan and discovered that she had miscarried her first child. “It was a difficult time for me and my husband,” the ballerina revealed. “Sadness and tears.”

 

 

 

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Weight Is So Important In The Ballet World That Some Dancers Develop Eating Disorders

 

The pay is pretty good. Corps members earn roughly $1,100 to $2,100 a week, depending on seniority, and contracts last one year. 

 

Every Single Detail In A Performance Matters, And Ballerinas Can Ruin Everything In A Split Second

 

Most dancers work tirelessly for 32 weeks in the on-season, doing around 80 performances, working six days a week, with Monday being the only day off. Dancers have described this time as “grueling” thanks to the hard work and hours they have to do.

 

It's a physically demanding, sometimes dangerous, profession.

The performers often visit an in-house physical therapist for adjustments and manipulations between classes and performances.

 

The Expectations And Criticism That Ballerinas Face On A Daily Basis Would Crack Most People

 

A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.

 

Ballerinas Are Supposed To Have Small, Frequent Meals, But Some Have Far Less Than A Normal Portion

 

Only a small fraction of ballet students make it to the big time.

Red Shoes used to be one of my top favourite movies ever! The Red Shoes is a 1948 British drama film written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known collectively as The Archers. The film is about a ballerina who joins an established ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes, itself based on the fairy tale "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen.

 

Resources 

 

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a8650232/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-life-of-a-ballet-dancer/

 

https://www.thetalko.com/15-dark-secrets-you-never-knew-about-being-a-ballerina/

 

https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/support/individual-giving/pointe-shoe-appeal/10-facts-you-might-not-know-about-ballet

 

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