Fun Facts About Ballet and Dancing
4 Amazing Ballet Facts
- A male dancer lifts over 1-1/2 tons worth of ballerinas during performances.
- Most ballerinas wear out 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes per week.
- One tutu costs up to $2,000 to make.
- The same tutu requires 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle.
Top 10 Reasons Teachers Don't Let Students Start Pointe
- Improper placement
- Too young
- Not pulled up in body or feet
- Feet not arched enough
- Lack of strength in torso
- Weak knees
- Weak ankles
- Basic stance on demi-pointe not strong and correct
- Taking too few classes per week
I found this list in The Pointe Book: Shoes Training and Technique by Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger
Click HERE to see one
academy's requirements for pointe. It's a very complete list!
Top 10 Things A Ballerina Would Never Say
As presented on the 4/8/96 broadcast of "The Late Show With David Letterman"
- "You gonna finish those cheese fries?"
- "I can't get the chewing tobacco stains out of my unitard!"
- "I'm loopy from all the spinning!"
- "My dream is to do a ballet version of 'Smokey and the Bandit'."
- "Baseball players can scratch themselves. Why can't we?"
- "I don't know which I love more--'Swan Lake' or Ricki Lake?"
- "When I have to jump really high, I pretend there's a ferret biting me in the rear."
- "I love the Quizstar 5000!"
- "Hey girls--let's go beat the heck outta some opera singers."
- "I'll have what Rush is having."
Top 10 Most Important Things I've Learned in Ballet Class
- Girls can fly.
- You gotta have the attitude.
- You can't fall off the floor (easily).
- Keep your toe nails short.
- Barres are not invincible.
- They tell you to spot for a reason.
- It's not sweat, it's glow.
- Wet floors are slippery.
- There is (usually) no such thing as a stupid question.
- ->This is right, <-This is left.
My Top 10 Favorite Ballet Books
- Life at the Royal Ballet School by Camilla Jessel -143 pages (1979)
- Behind the Scenes at the Ballet: Rehearsing and Performing The Sleeping
Beauty by Leslie E. Spatt -48 pages (1995)
- The Bolshoi Ballet School: Student Life in the World’s Most Prestigious Dance
School by Sophia N. Golovkina -77 pages (1987)
- On Their Toes: A Russian Ballet School by Ann Morris -46 pages(1991)
- The Random House Book of Dance Stories by Jean Richardson -406 pages
- On Your Toes: Beginning Ballet: A Complete Guide to Proper Ballet Training
for Pre-Kindergarten to Adult Beginners by Wendy Neale -134 pages (1980)
- Ballet Life Behind the Scenes: From Classes, Rehearsals, and Performances to
the Company and Home Lives of the Dancers by Wendy Neale -182 pages (1982)
- Barefoot to Balanchine: How to Watch Dance by Mary Kerner -208 pages
- Dance Injuries: Their Prevention and Care by Daniel D. Arnheim -234 pages
- Blood Memory by Martha Graham
6 Great Gifts to Give Your Teacher as a Class
- A journal with letters from everyone, pictures of her class(es), and some dance poems and quotes. I've got some great ones on my site.
- A spa package that includes a massage. Maybe even get two so your teacher can take a friend along too.
- A framed picture or poster for the studio with the year and class level it's from on an engraved plaque.
- An old pair of dance shoes signed by everyone. Old, to show how much you have worked for him or her.
- New CDs to use during class, or just some with your teacher's favorite tunes on them.
- A gift certificate to a local dance store if he or she still dances.
10 Jobs Surrounding Dance
- Artistic Director- decides what shows to put on and casts the roles.
- Ballet Master or Mistress- runs rehearsals and supervises the corps de ballet.
- Dance Teacher- runs daily classes and gives individual coaching.
- Physiotherapist- treats dancers’ injuries.
- Choreographer- creates the dance part of a ballet and helps decide on costumes and
- Wardrobe Master or Mistress- looks after and takes care of the costumes.
- Technical Director or Stage Manager- co-ordinates the lighting staff, orchestra,
dancers, and stage crew.
- Member of a Stage Crew- is responsible for the electrics, such as wiring and special
effects, as well as the props.
- Marketing Officers- comission posters, leaflets and programs advertsing ballets.
- General Manager- arranges tours, salaries, and general business matters.
The 7 Movements of Dance
20 Makers of Pointe Shoes
- Capezio (USA)
- Grishko (Russia)
- Gaynor Minden (USA)
- Fuzi (China)
- Freed (England)
- Chacott (Spain/Japan)
- Repetto (France)
- Gamba (England)
- Sansha (China)
- Prima Soft (USA)
- Porselli (Itlay)
- Angelo Luzio (Canada)
- Schachtner (Austria)
- Russian Pointe
- Baryshnikov (USA)
- Eva (Germany)
- Leo (USA)
All of these brands, except Gaynor Minden can be purchased from Patterson’s Back Bay Dancewear
11 Things A Dancer Should Promise Herself
- To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
- To speak of health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
- To make all your friends feel that there is something wonderful in them.
- To look at the sunny side of everything and make your dreams come true.
- To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
- To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
- To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
- To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
- To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
- To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
- To always point your toes.
5 Attributes a Dancer Should Have
- Joint Flexibility
- Muscular Endurance
- Cardiovascular Endurance
The 7 Fairies Who Dance in the Prolouge of Sleeping
- The Lilac Fairy
- The Fairy of the Crystal Fountain
- The Fairy of the Enchanted Garden
- The Fairy of the Woodland Glades
- The Fairy of the Songbirds
- The Fairy of the Golden Vine
10 Ideal Characteristics of a Performer
- Experience and skill in a number of dance forms, epescially the one represented by the choreographer.
- Interest in the arts and a great desire to dance.
- Strong, healthy body, with a practical regard for joint action.
- Broad perceptual field and an open mind.
- Lots of energy, courage, patience, and strength.
- The ability to cooperate and get along with others.
- To take criticism and suggestions easily.
- Tom move with conviction and projection.
- To have time and energy for rehearsals, and a willingness to work.
- The ability to move with urgency and passion.
I found this list in Dance, From Magic to Art by Lois Ellfeldt (1976)