A Sophisticate Dances Ballet

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"I dance because, there's no greater feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear" Unknown 

When I was 23 I took a ballet class. My classes went for an hour and a half and I went five days a week. There was nothing fancy about the studio. It was one room with a large mirror and an two old barres that as students we would carry out into the middle before and after each class. 

For that half and hour, I was free in every sense of the word. It wasn't that the whole world disappeared, it was that I disappeared. For me there was nothing but being inside the studio, and being in the present moment. There was nothing for me but focus and repetition. All I cared about was that my body was in proper position and I gave it my all. It was pure joy as I never known with anything I had done before.

My ballet teachers were prima ballerinas from Warsaw, Poland. They knew how to encourage and teach. I considered them my grandparents because they not only knew how to teach but how to care about each of their students. In six months I was on pointe. A year later I took a class at the American Ballet Theatre in NYC. 

"Life is the dancer. You are the dance." Unknown

Ballet looks easy yet, it takes years of practice to achieve that perception that it is easy. It also takes talent. Not everyone is coordinated or flexible to perform the positions it requires.
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Ballet takes dedication and practice. Most ballerinas have an obsession with dance. 

If ballerinas could they would practice for days on end without food or sleep if necessary to achieve the perfection that the dance form requires. The fairy tale  'The Red Shoes' by Hans Christian Anderson is a fictional legend about shoes that are sold to a woman who is doomed never to take them off and dance until she dies. The fairytale explains the obsession that most dancers have for the art form of Ballet.

Ballet increases a Sophisticate and her focus. Without focus there is no balance. Balance, flexibility, focus, repetition, and strength define the core of a Sophisticate who decides to dance ballet. Beyond focus, it takes obsession and passion for her to continue to practice and eventually be the best dancer or person she could be. 

"Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee" Muhammad Ali

Ballet is competitive and a Sophisticate must be ready to practice all hours to be able to compete with those who are more naturally talented or graceful. A Sophisticate needs quick feet and strength. 

In the end, a Sophisticate dances ballet because it blends the perfect blend of being creative (A Sophisticate is Creative) and having discipline. Ballet teaches a Sophisticate the idea of effortless perfection (Effortless Perfection). More importantly, effortless perfection in believing in herself. ;D