“This is a game of love.” Yes, that’s right Daft Punk. Finding love, keeping love, grasping love, holding love, rediscovering love, valuing love, appreciating love, understanding love… I’ve been asked the question before, just as we all have at some point, “Who was your first love?” My answer, as silly as it may sound is, “ballet.” Now come on, of course there is a boy out there too, but ballet taught me what LOVE meant. So it’s true, that especially as teenagers, serious ballet students are well above their years (well mentally that is).
The career of a ballet dancer can be a testy one. It tests your commitment to the daily grind, the drama that sometimes may fill the room, the physical challenge of bearing the constant aches and pains, the subordinate say in how things could work better, the short career longevity, and not to mention a season-to-season contract which doesn’t fill up the yearly calendar.
But then there are the things like: BEING ON STAGE, feeling the body FILLED WITH ADRENALINE, HEARING THE ORCHESTRA play BEAUTIFULLY, seeing your FRIENDS ACCOMPLISH things, CHANGING LIVES, ENTERTAINING, sweating, FEELING ACCOMPLISHED, being able to TELL A STORY, feeling TIME STAND STILL, BEING IN THE MOMENT, MAKING a DIFFERENCE to the AUDIENCE, NOT CARING what others THINK, doing it RIGHT!
So yes ballet can be a game of love. Different of course than what we usually think of when we think of LOVE, but ironically much the same. A game that has its ups and downs, but is totally worth the ride.