greendancer Posted December 28, 2005 Report Share Posted December 28, 2005 I noticed a lot of posts on this and other ballet-related sites about how people love this or that famous dancer of this or that renowned company - mostly people they have never seen in person. I wonder - why are you a fan of a dancer you know only from pictures? Is it that you heard he or she is the new star, or is it because this person has the perfect ballet body, or... Please don't misunderstand me, it is perfectly fine if you are a fan of a dancer you haven't yet had a chance to see live. It is just that I can look at pictures of famous dancers and maybe think "yes, nice feet" or "I wish I would look like that" or something similar. But I could never be a true fan of someone that I've never seen actually dance, only because of pictures of them or what I might have read about them. So when I'm asked who my favourite dancer is, I always name dancers nearly no one else knows - because they belong to my local company which is quite good, but not really known in the world. I know there must be dancers who are probably better than those I've seen here - but what counts for me is not perfect technique (which most of them have, being professionals) or perfectly shaped feet, but their charisma and their expression when they dance. I like them because I've gotten to know them, their style, and it means something to me when I watch them dance. And I don't really care about their arches or whatever is considered necessary for a good dancer. So - what do you like about your favourite dancer? Is it expression, technique, or maybe something completely different? Is it someone you have often watched live, or someone you have heard of and are dying to see one day in person? What made you fan of that dancer? Please tell me in case this has been discussed earlier, I'm new here... Quote Link to comment
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