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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Elegance & Grace...

Happy Tuesday All,

Lately I've been watching YouTube series on ballet. Ballet fascinates me on several levels--as someone who used to take ballet classes (no, I never danced en pointe, or on my toes--I also took tap and jazz, but that's another story) some of the steps and terms are familiar to me. As an art form, I think it's one of the most beautiful. I love the grace and elegance of classical ballet. I also have a tremendous respect for the dancers. They work their bodies hard, and their futures are often uncertain.

In some ways, writing and dancing aren't that different. Both are art forms in their own right. Both take dedication to their craft. They take time to develop. Both have to learn new ways of doing and thinking depending on what they're working on. And both often take up much of a person's time.

Growing up, my parents took me to several ballets. I've seen The Nutcracker so many times I have no desire to go again (even though it's a lovely ballet). I've seen Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Romeo & Juliet,  just to name a few. I love Swan Lake. I hear Cinderella is coming to my local ballet (I think next year), it's a different version than what I saw and a part of me is curious. Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy-tales (second only to Beauty & The Beast--incidentally, has there ever been a ballet of Beauty & The Beast? I would so go see that one!)

I love ballet so much, that years ago when I took my correspondence class from the Writer's Digest School (I don't know if it was called University back then, maybe it was, I don't remember, this was over 10 years ago), I actually wrote a short story centered around ballet. I'm not particularly fond of that story. It's filed away somewhere and I won't even let my friends see it. Partially because I know I can write better now, and partially because of some of the emotions I experienced while working on it. However, despite that, one day I might write a new story that has ballet in it. If I do, I'm thinking I would love to talk to some of the professionals. Nothing helps a writer's research and terminology than talking to those directly in that field.

Anyway, what art forms do you like?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

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