Natalie Portman is proof that professional dancers pin their livelihoods on the dancing donkey and if they don’t hit the bullseye, they fall off stage and die. (literally)
As a young dancer myself, I was privy to the competitive integrities and KILL TO WIN attitudes.
Like most children, I had the snow globe dream of dancing my heart out with a premium troop. That dream was slowly withered away by first hand witnessing of the vicious Stalin-esque motives of the teachers and the superficial treatment of their students.
The movie, Black Swan mirrors my journey with ballet minus the Jekyll and Hyde transformations, girl on girl action, and violence. (Whoops, did I give to much away? It’s been out for two years, so add it to your Netflix!)
I often experienced many more downs than ups during my brief stint as a young dancer. Luckily, I was able to resist the Black Swan before it ever had a chance of swallowing me whole.
The upside of this story is to “never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” To be honest, my significant other may be jealous of that statement…because my mind pairs him first and dance second. (a competition within itself)
With that being said, I created a combination of dance and stretch moves for one of my workouts this past weekend. (I advise you to warm up 3-5 minutes before.)
If you couldn’t tell, I am in love with Halloween fonts and Picmonkey. (life and time saver!)
Have you ever tried dance as a form of exercise?
Peace, love, and black swans!