Yes, tonight I want to write about ballet. Why? Our daughter bought us all tickets to the Nutcracker at TPAC and we all went yesterday.
For Debbi's mother, she has talked about going to this for 30+ years. Last night was the first ballet for all of us and while it would not normally by "my cup of tea", I probably enjoyed it more than anyone.
It was graceful and colorful, but most of all it was a fantastic display of talent, athleticism, creativity, dedication and organization. I now see why some football players actually use ballet as a way of developing their talents on the field.
The muscle control and conditioning of these performers is amazing. I grunt a little with 50 pound bags of dog food yet these guys who probably weigh as much as the ballerinas they dance with, can float across the stage and stop immediately, stock still, while holding their partner high over their head.
Ballerinas float as well then pose motionless while balancing on the very tips of their toes. Both make jumps that are angled, while fluttering their feet and legs, yet land so smoothly that it just amazes me.
Then I watched the organization and group dynamics that make everything flow with rapid-fire continuity, the orchestra timed to every movement, the set changes that are dancing that you could miss if you were not watching for everything, and even then, you miss them.
I may or may not go to another ballet, but these performers, (dancers, musicians, set designers, choreographers and all other support folks that I do not even know about) have earned my respect and admiration.