dai bread wrote:Presumably the lead ballerina is as light as she looks, but even so, the man's tolerance of pain must be very high. All for art, presumably. The girls' ability is spectacular, too. En pointe like that must take some doing.
You do realize the the end of 'pointe' ballet slippers are basically a block of wood with a bit of satin over it. Not so good for any ballerina's toes, but must be nasty painful for the guy's shoulders and head! And don't let the prettiness of a ballerina fool you - they're all muscle as Selma said. As a child I wanted to be a ballerina - but I had neither the body type or physical ability....and too many years at a cheap studio with concrete floors built up what my ballet teacher in college referred to as 'too much' muscle mass. Couldn't raise my leg much above parallel to the ground because by that point there was too much muscle in the way. Of course, being a 'causual' ballet dancer gave me poise, rhythm and confidence with my body - and saved my toes from being tortured by pointe shoes.
Ever been close up to ballet on pointe? Lots of thunk, thunking due to that wood in the toes...funny to see the graceful movements and hear, "thunk thunk thunk" in time to the music.