Ballet dancers have a very demanding life, which the outside world do not always see. Ballet has to become way of life and dancers have to dedicate each day to reach their best potential.
To reach the top, it is certainly not an easy ride. The famous dancers that have remained in history have all had a a unique quality and something special to lead them to success.
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Dancers must absolutely love what they do. Passion in ballet is crucial throughout each and every stage in dance.
You need to have determination and believe in yourself to reach the best of your potential in ballet.
Let me give you an insight into dancers and how they begin the journey pursue their dreams.
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"I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's a permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable."
- Quote by Martha Graham, a leading figure in dance, who danced throughout her lifetime.
My journey as dancer began when I was just 8 years old. I was just a normal young girl who loved to take ballet classes. Little did I really know that my life was beginning into the world of dance. Before I knew it, I was entering a vocational dance school at the age of 11 to pursue my career.
It takes many, many years to become a dancer. You have to have a very strong classical technique and professional training from an early age (especially focused on pre-pointe training for the female dancers).
The opportunities to train in dance start at a very young age. Especially in ballet, you have to practice every day at the ballet bars to perfect your technique and reach the standards of a professional.
The current famous ballerinas would have all been through the tough periods of training. Dancers have to push their bodies to the maximum and work like an athlete.
All ballet dancers will have these 3 qualities in common - disciple, dedication and determination.
When you first become a professional, nearly every single dancer will spend their first few years in the corps de ballet.
If a dancer can get their 'lucky break', it can help them progress further through the ranks of a ballet company.
Although many ballet dancers strive to become a Principal ballerina, it is not a place everyone is able to reach. There is a huge amount of talent in ballet and it is very competitive. Even though every professional is just as unique, there is just not room for everyone at the top.
Dancers go through more disappointments than you think. There is a lot of rejection, which becomes part of experience that every dancer will face. Of course, there are highs as well as lows, but for each person it doesn't often feel like a 'job' in the real world.
Ballet is a lifestyle, a dream and a passion that has been growing since childhood. The moment that passion stops, is the moment to reflect on what you want.
"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people."
- Quote by Alvin Ailey, a legendary figure in modern dance.
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