back to the barre

September 22, 2005 at 2:42 am (getting physical, past)

I don’t know how to explain this to anyone who’s never danced. There is one true moment in a pretty silly dance movie when this girl is unhappy and frustrated and the ballet master has only one piece of advice. Patting the barre she says (something along the lines of), “come back here. Whenever you have a problem, whenever something is missing in your life, whenever you need to take something out on someone, come back here.” And it’s true. A girl in my ballet class told me that she finally went back to dance after several years off because nothing else made everything in her life disappear. I have infinite respect for distance runners. You spend about 7 miles battling your body and anything beyond that is a battle with your mind. But it’s just not the same. When someone tells you tombe cut assemble, changement changement, jete jete, pas de bourree entrechat, sisonne devant sissone derriere sous-sus entrechat trois pas de bourree poisson, then turns on music and expects you to be able to do it, you don’t have time to think about anything else. Your mind and body are completely engaged. And a good ballet class is 90-120 minutes of that. All of your synapses are firing just to move every muscle in your body in ways that are completely contrary to nature and yet totally organic to you. It’s an amazing workout and therapy all in one. Like I said, I don’t know how to explain it to someone who’s never danced.

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1 Comment

  1. NH said,

    I’ll have to ask Rob’s brother 🙂

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