#BenchPressABallerina

A couple of days ago, on November 12th, Charlotte Ballet posted this photo on facebook and instagram:

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The text said: ” Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said football is a physical sport and he’s not “playing ballet.” We know you don’t “play ballet”, Cam, but if you ever want to touch up your moves we’d be happy to have you in ballet class. “

The discussion turned to how strong and athletic ballet dancers are. I kept remembering so many of my images, seeing them one after the other; ones that can prove to those who are not around dancers, and hardly know or realize how uniquely built and capable ballers and ballerinas are.

Here is a selection, I hope you enjoy and appreciate:

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Defying the laws of physics, right? Actually it all builds on it.

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Jumps and splits are associated with ballet, and of course the point work, but there is more. . .

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Everything is so light:

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Maybe upside down:

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Defying gravity:

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Athletic enough?

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Some of these photos are from school performances, not all the professional company.

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Let’s stretch:

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or “fly”:

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or bend:

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stretch again:

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jump again:

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bench press a ballerina again:

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are you tired yet, just from looking? It gets my heart rate up.

It comes with a bit of sweat:

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What’s your favorite photo? Who is your favorite dancer? Did you notice that all these are performed without a grim on the face, with absolute grace and the appearance of ease?

Thank you for visiting!

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