We all need a little nudge, a muse, a bit of inspiration to get us going sometimes. If you've been meaning to step up to the barre but keep getting sidetracked, take a few minutes to get your dance juices flowing with these rousing video clips.
“You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet.” That’s what they told Misty Copeland. The powerhouse soloist at American Ballet Theater. The woman who grew up poor, started ballet at age 13 at a Boys and Girls Club, and is an African American in a dance world where there are very few who look like her. “Even to this day, I hear that I shouldn't even be wearing a tutu. I don't have the right legs, my muscles are too big,” she reflects. But she has come too far, been praised by too many, fallen too in love with ballet to let the naysayers stop her in her graceful tracks. Just watch her dance for mere seconds and you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor before you’re compelled to go do a few pliés yourself.
At the awe-inspiring pace of 1,000 frames per second, this slo-mo compilation shows the talented men and women of Boston Ballet in all their painstaking glory. Witness each muscle ripple with power, watch their hair whip through the air with each perfectly controlled pirouette, gape at their joints bending at unbelievable angles—all the while paired with faces that exude passion and composure while masking the intense effort that lies behind each movement. You’ll get goosebumps as they take the soundtrack “I Believe I Can Fly” to new heights (literally).
If you turn up the volume when you hear the “Take Me to Church” ballad on the radio, try experiencing it accompanied by Sergei Polunin’s mesmerizing performance. The Ukrainian dancer known as the “bad boy” of ballet pairs an emotional fervor with gravity-defying jetés and silky smooth transitions, all set in a rustic space surrounded by lush greens and bursts of light.
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