A looong time ago I mentioned that Annie was going to start a blog. Well, I'm happy to say that that day has come!
The best kind of blog is a blog about a niche subject that's so well written and universally useful that even people read it even if they have no connection to that niche. My blog isn't one of those.
I'm about as ignorant as they come when it comes to ballet. Annie is the exact opposite (on of very few opposites we have), and her posts so far have that "niche but universal" quality that makes a blog so good.
Equally important, she weaves in a lot of personality. In fact, I don't like to admit it, but I'm a little jealous at how effortlessly she does that. Then again, we HAVE been waiting a long time for this blog... maybe it's not as effortless as it looks.
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It has a place on my ruthlessly culled RSS subscription list. I'd subscribe even if it was bad though, so go check it out for yourself: Bloggerina.
Annie and I went to the Sony Store, where I bought a Vaio P laptop. I need a new laptop, and it's one of the ones I'm considering, so I figured I'd buy it and return it if I didn't like it.
The sales rep who approached me was a genuinely cheerful and earnest girl with an Argentinean accent. She came up to us we were checking out the ebook readers (which I love, by the way), she helpfully demonstrated the features and answered questions well.
So far so good.
I’m not going to pretend to be some kind of professional ballet artist, writer or critic because I’m far from it. In fact, I’ve only just started taking proper ballet classes. I wanted though to write a short entry about the turned-out art form.
The sad thing is, if you’re not a dancer, you probably won’t ever understand the pain, dedication and effort that goes into ballet - whether you’re performing professionally in a London production, or like me are coming to the end of grade 1. Generally, people are very ignorant towards ballet, they think it’s easy and that it’s something little girls do at an after school club. I’m here to let you know that’s not the case. I know not everybody is as ignorant, but the majority are.
I remember when I went to see my first ballet with the school whilst studying my A-levels - Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; It was absolutely sensational. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the stage, it was literally like someone reading me a story but through ballet.
The training and dedication that goes into ballet dancing is mind blowing. So much so that a lot of people never make it - I’ve come to the reality that it’s probably a bit too late for me too; whilst nothing’s impossible, I’ve left it a bit too late to be in professional ballet now. I still intend to practice ballet however, whilst at university on the side. There’s probably no other dance form that technically will improve you as effectively.
I love ballet because it’s so visually pleasing; everything has to look perfect and be in alignment. I could watch ballet dancers pirouette around a studio all day.