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January 18, 2005

The Ballerina Gallery

To the uninitiated, the world of ballet is a highbrow yawn-inspiring, tutu-laden spectacle of monumental insipidness. But Philistines of the world, unite with us in a newfound appreciation of this art form and the lithe women who practice it. From the legendary Anna Pavlova to dancers known only to balletomanes, these women display remarkable flexibility, athleticism, and grace. Then consider who could possibly fill Margot Fonteyn's well-worn size 4 shoes. In this enormous collection of photos, Jorgen Wilhelmsson has created a glorious homage to the ballerinas of yesterday and today. But as impressive as the collection is, it pales when compared to the talent and beauty of the women it celebrates.

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I am overwhelmed by the info and photos in your Ballarina Gallery.Great stuff. A million thanks.

Posted by: Audrey | Jan 22, 2005 10:05:33 AM

The intensive, relentless training and self-discipline of these dancers (and of so many whom you never see, who don't make it into the first rank) is at least as great as that of any Olympic athlete -- and it results in no gold medals and no product endorsements. Just try to get yourself into an approximation of some of the positions these dancer assume AND HOLD as a matter of course.
It's too bad the men are not also celebrated, since their athleticism is fantastic, though different in its demands (they do not have to dance en pointe but they do have to catch, lift overhead, and carry ballerinas weighing over 100 pounds as if they weighed nothing, setting them down gently).

Anyway, thank you for this feature in your blog. I enjoyed it very much!

Posted by: judith | Jan 18, 2005 6:00:33 PM

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