Hobbits vs. Dancers: Guess the Feet

You know the old saying, ‘the general audience is looking at your face, not your feet’. Turns out it isn’t always true.

I was having a conversation with the parent a student a few weeks ago that went something like this:

Miss Jess: ‘So I would recommend the Ballet or Modern 1 class as a possible makeup’.

Concerned Parent: ‘Ok. Why do your feet look like that; is that from dancing?’

I guess even my shining smile or a conversation about their own child doesn’t distract from my almost twenty years on pointe, diabetes-ridden, hobbit feet.

I am willing to bet if you showed a picture of just my feet to a stranger and asked to whom do those mangled toes belong, you might get answers such as:

  • An old Russian Witch
  • A prison-escapee
  • A circus freak that walks on coals and spikes for a living
  • A vegan zoo-keeper that doesn’t believe in soap

You would probably not guess a healthy female twenty-seven year old- but if you did, you would assume that the healthy 27-year-old girl is a big nerdy Lord of the Rungs fan. And you would be correct.

The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug finally arrived in the theaters this weekend. I have not yet seen it, but I did see this fun game of ‘guess the feet’ on Insider Access.

And I decided, as I do with all things, that this would translate well to dance. Can you guess the owners of these famous feet?

*All photos come from: ‘American Ballet Theatre; a 25- year Retrospective’/ ‘The Dance Through the Ages’ by Walter Sorell/ ‘In Classic Style’

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They Belong To:

ABT's Paloma Herrera with Julio Bocca (Don Quixote)

ABT’s Paloma Herrera with Julio Bocca (Don Quixote)

ei-yi-yi, that's Natalie Makarova with Anthony Dowell in ABT's 'Swan Lake'

ei-yi-yi, that’s Natalie Makarova with Anthony Dowell in ABT’s ‘Swan Lake’

haha, trick question! That's Natalia Makarova again with a much better foot (and Baryshnikov) in 'Carmen'. She clearly wasn't working very hard in the other picture.

haha, trick question! That’s Natalia Makarova again with a much better foot (and Baryshnikov) in ‘Carmen’. She clearly wasn’t working very hard in the other picture.

Mikhail Baryshnikov in 'Petrushka'

Mikhail Baryshnikov in ‘Petrushka’

Champion of my foot-lust, Alessandra Ferri with Julio Bocca in 'Other Dances'

Champion of my foot-lust, Alessandra Ferri with Julio Bocca in ‘Other Dances’

Katherine Dunham in 'Tropical Revue'

Katherine Dunham in ‘Tropical Revue’

Merce Cunningham

Merce Cunningham

Ethan Stiefel in ABT's 'The Dream'

Ethan Stiefel in ABT’s ‘The Dream’

If you want to understand someone, you have to walk a mile in their shoes….or dance on pointe for twenty years. And then, don’t judge their battle scars.  Jess

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