Nicole Lam is the Creator of Prisma Dance, a Honolulu Ballet School. I asked her to share her thoughts on Ballet so you can choose the best dance academy for you or your child.
One of the beautiful facets of ballet is its rich heritage. Many little girls dream of being princesses and living in castles and palaces with ponies. Ballet has its heritage in the heart of every little girl’s fairytale. Ballet originated in the European courts of Italy and France where the royal family and nobility learned dances to perform for the king and queen. What we know of as “ballet” today is actually a five hundred year evolution of the dances and attire that were worn in the courts of Europe. Like all dance and performing arts forms, ballet has gone through many transformations, having been both influenced and having an influence on the culture and history across the world.
Ballet takes years of serious and intense training to be able to go on pointe (every ballerina’s aspiration). Training can begin as early as three years old and can start at a once per week class, then advance all the way to six or seven days per week with multiple hours each day of training. Stretching and strengthening your body is a daily part of class. Class attire can be as simple as a leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes, with hair secured in a bun. The two most famous traditional ballet costumes are the romantic tutu and the classical tutu. The Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker can often be seen in a pink classical tutu and Giselle or the Sylphs from La Sylphide will often be wearing a long white romantic tutu.
Though ballet is an individual art form it can also be a collaborative group experience. The corps de ballet is a crucial part of a ballet. It is a group of dancers whose primary goal is to be in unison. Every head tilt, height of the leg or arm, and position of the body has a specific placement and it takes great focus and group effort for a corps de ballet to be excellent.
Words that are often used to describe ballet include light, graceful, gentle, angelic, and beautiful.A ballerina’s posture strives to be “lifted up,” like a marionette on a string. There is a beautiful parallel that can be drawn between the heritage and qualities of ballet and the heritage and qualities that Christians have in Christ. Christ is referred to as “the King of Kings” (Revelations 19:16) and his Kingdom is not of this world; it is often referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven. What words do people often use to describe heaven? Beautiful, angelic, light, and peaceful. Ballet dancers have a wonderful opportunity to not only connect their experiences in dance to their rich heritage in the royal courts of Europe but they can apply those same principles and qualities to their adoration as sons and daughters of God. For God said that ” …we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:16b-17a). When ballet dancers perform they are not just dancing before an appreciative audience that adores them but they are also performing for a heavenly Father who takes immeasurable delight in every detail of their performance.
If you’d like to talk with Nicole you can visit their website at http://www.PrismaDance.com/