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.
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’
They Belong To:
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