12 things: watch ballet

Like many little girls, I took ballet lessons when I was quite young. But I gave up soon after and never really learnt anything beyond tying my ballet shoes, nor did I really learn to truly appreciate the dance form.

This changed last year, after I watched classical ballet (Romeo and Juliet by The Australian ballet) for the first time, and  fell hopelessly in love. The tutus, the pointe toes, the lifts, the pirouettes, the beautiful music (especially the music!), the tragic love story had me captivated and I was amazed at how through dancing, the ballerinas were able to convey love, feelings, moods, even humour.

I was desperate for more.

And this is why number 4 on my list of 12 things for 2012 is to watch ballet.
A couple of nights ago, I was lucky enough to be given tickets to watch the English National Ballet perform at The Concourse and it was as promised, heartstoppingly beautiful. Seriously, there were moments I felt tingles down my spine. I still have Satie's haunting music playing over and over in my head today.

The performance featured highlights from several ballets, so I was able to 'sample' from some of the best classical repertoir ever made. My favourites were Trois Gnossiennes and Don Quixote. The former for its quiet elegance and the latter for its colour and liveliness. I simply cannot wait to watch more ballet.

What do you feel about ballet?

14 Responses to 12 things: watch ballet

Robots in Trouble said...

lucky you! i've always wanted to see ballet live!

Style, She Wrote said...

SOunds like an amazing event, especially for a former dancer! So glad you enjoyed it. xo style, she wrote

rooth said...

I love watching the dancers' form and how easy the ballerinas make it look. And the music doesn't hurt

FashionGeek said...

i think ballet is fabulous and takes super talent!
can't wait to see you on my blog!
www.faashiongeek.blogspot.com

::little projects in style:: said...

absolutely love the ballet! :) i like the little things that come with going to the ballet too.. the champagne, the anticipation, the swishy dresses! :)

p.s. esp! we both wrote about ballet on the same day!

tinajo said...

I´ve never seen ballet live - but I really wanted to take a class when I was a child. Unluckily for me though, it was not available in my little home town... Still bothers me a tiny bit! :-D

Miss K said...

I love ballet too! When I lived in Moscow, I'd regularly see performances at the Bolshoi. It was magic!

little henry lee said...

to be honest i've never really watched ballet but i do think it's beautiful - the grace and skill of the dancers and the of course the costumes.

Shoko said...

LOVE ballet. In fact, I've been thinking of taking a class... :)

Taj Acosta said...

ballet sounds wonderful! And thanks for the fig tart recipe!! gonna try it! xx

Mimi said...

my sister was a ballerina when she was young, and i always loved watching her recitals! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Punctuation Mark said...

What an amazing event!

look see said...

I'd love to go to the ballet! :)

Johanna said...

I love going to the ballet. It's my fave...now that's a work out!