Mysteries and Secrets of Ballet

Mysteries and Secrets of Ballet

Love, perhaps, is blind, but not to the art of dance - the more we see and learn about it, the stronger is our admiration. So, we continue sharing interesting facts.

A dancer consumes as much energy during a ballet performance as an athlete in two football matches or in a 29.9 km race.

Yes, classical ballet, like big sports, requires working to the limits of physical capabilities. At the same time, a dancer, unlike an athlete, can’t afford to demonstrate fatigue and tension to the audience - they look easy, artistic and outwardly perfect throughout the whole performance.

... and loses up to 3 kg of weight

This primarily applies to the dancers of the leading parts - their performances are the longest and most technically difficult.

The lead dancer lifts the ballerina about 200 times per performance

Which is a total of 10 tons. This fact busts the myth that men in ballet are not masculine and athletic enough. Lifts require great strength from the dancers, and the constant power load on the arms develops their shoulder girdle, shaping a harmonious male figure.

Professional ballet training changes the appearance of some bones

For example, an ordinary person has 2 sesamoid bones in the foot at the base of the first instep bone, but ballerinas may have 4 or more of them, which may seem like a serious injury to a doctor who is far from the ballet specifics. Unfortunately, unnatural stress on the skeleton always tells - ballet dancers often suffer from arthritis and arthrosis.

In the auditorium, the dancers are often supported by claqueurs

These are specially invited people who applaud and shout "Bravo!" at the right time. Usually claqueurs sit alone in those parts of the auditorium where the sound resonates best. This creates the illusion that many spectators are clapping at the same time. In this way, the claqueurs give a signal to the audience that they need to applaud in the right moments of the ballet and set the right pace for the applause. Shouting "Bravo!" and throwing flowers on the stage is also part of their job description.

Ballet dancers are often superstitious

It is known that some dancers prefer to enter their dressing room only with their left foot, they cross the stage before entering or press kissed fingers to it. If ballerinas drop their pointe shoes when dressing, they should knock them on the floor of the stage to avoid failure during the performance. In one of his last interviews, Nikolai Tsiskaridze mentioned that in the theater, all omens usually come true.

Many ballet dancers are long-livers

You can often hear that professional ballet wears out the body with exhausting stress and trauma, but there are many long-livers among the ballet stars. This list includes Galina Ulanova - 88 years old, Maya Plisetskaya - 89 years old, Natalia Dudinskaya - 90 years old, Olga Lepeshinskaya - 92 years old, Olga Spesivtseva - 96 years old, Mathilde Kschessinska - 99 years old, Marina Semenova - 101 years old. And the choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, at 94, is the choreographer of the Bolshoi Theater.