Perfecting the Hardest Move in Ballet

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The human body is capable of incredible things. When paired with our own boundless creativity, and a lot of practice, it can transform into a marvel and a work of art.

When it comes to combining physics, music, and remarkable feats of athleticism, ballet is almost unrivaled in the expanse of its expression.

Image: Huston Ballet production of Swan Lake, principal dancer centered with corps de ballet surrounding
Source: BROADWAY WORLD // HUSTON BALLET

Amid all of the beautiful and awe-inspiring moves in ballet, one rivals them all in its technicality, physicality, and artistry: the fouette.

Sometimes called the hardest move in ballet, the fouette combines dance with physics to leave audiences riveted.

So, what is this science behind this piece of artistry? Here’s TED-ed to enlighten us…

Via: TED-Ed 1

So, now that understand a little better how remarkable this feat of artistry and athleticism is let’s take a look at it performed on stage…

I have a confession to make, up until a few months ago I would have considered myself a “ballet hater.” I thought I didn’t like it, and never would! That is until I started approaching ballet from angles I could appreciate. As I watched more and more documentaries, and videos about ballet I began to appreciate the athleticism, artistry, and science behind this art form. Now, I would probably consider myself a ballet lover!

This process of learning to love something I thought I detested has been an important lesson. Sometimes we shut down and refuse to learn about things because of how they seem to us. We don’t allow ourselves the time to learn about the things we are unfamiliar with and approach them on terms we can understand.

Ballet, as a form of dance, seemed unappealing to me, but as I came to understand it in the light of art, science, and athleticism my understanding and appreciation for it shifted.

How many books, art forms, lessons, stories are out there that we have assumed, without doing our homework, we don’t like? Perhaps we should take more time to recognize the things we make snap judgments about and investigate further why we react that way. Even if, in the end, we discover our initial feelings still hold true, we have empowered ourselves with knowledge that can be used to more fully appreciate our world!

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-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge