marigold Posted March 6, 2013 Report Share Posted March 6, 2013 Here is one of those phantom topics that appears to me lately in the wee hours of the morning when I should be sleeping. Maybe parents of professional dancers can share their thoughts about this. I am trying to reconcile what we parents of older teen dancers have learned, as our eyes are opened - so far - to the realities of today's classical ballet as a choice for a career and the years of happily dedicated training that have gone behind it. Ballet is inherently disciplined. Not just for the body, but for the mind and the emotions whether in training or a job context. Body, mind and emotions - a lot of discipline. But it is also an art, in the end, and it is artistry and creativity which is I think what most parents see when their young child dances at home and their spirits beg to go to ballet class. Art requires creative freedom to bloom. You may have a child like mine, who has been determined to be a ballet dancer from before she could speak a full sentence. Your child may now be an adult and living this ballet life. My question is this. How does a professional ballet dancer continue to grow creatively, and therefore with happiness in their life while constantly under the subjective artistic eye of someone else's artistic vision and with the constant and necessary uncertainty literally from year to year of whether their body (not their creative or intelligent mind) is a fit for this other person's vision and not feel like a puppet without a voice? Do they continue to grow artistically and creatively, even when they are not in those transforming moments on stage in one of their opportunities to perform? How do corps dancers, for instance, reconcile their need for expression of artistic individuality while they are still performing corps roles? And one more thought...how do young professional dancers reconcile their natural need to have normal dialogue, voice their concerns and basically just learn to communicate in such potentially unstable and hierarchical contexts? Quote Link to comment
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