I’ve heard many times (have said it too) that when watching a well executed lift; or throw; or team play come together that the act is like a Ballet. Huh, it got me thinking, how many of us use Ballet as the measuring stick of athletic beauty? Or maybe it’s just me. But it’s my blog, so today?
I have always been in awe of Baryshnikov. When I was young and stupid boys would make fun of a “man in tights jumping around” I would honestly be confused how they did not see the beauty in him. I’m guessing those stupid boys either turned into stupid men who never competed at anything or actually grew up and found respect for such amazing feats. Dunno. Don’t care. I adore him.
The first time I saw The Four Little Swans performed live, I almost cried. To this day, I am unable to distinguish four separate ballerinas. They move so effortlessly together as one it’s thrilling for me to watch. Hearing the wooden stomps of their toe shoe tips, every move carefully executed from their necks to their finger tips. Amazing.
Today is for beauty. And awe. And amazing things we get to enjoy.
Enjoy the weekend.
Wrestling is ballet with violence.