Happy Friday everyone!
I’ve been wanting to write some more ballet posts, but was waiting until I could actually dance. I decided to ease into it, starting off with the five roles I dream of dancing someday. I know I’ll probably never dance these, but hey, that’s what dreams are for. My list is much longer than this, but these are definitely at the top of my list!
My Five Dream Roles
- Aurora in Sleeping Beauty – This has been my number-one role for as long as I can remember. I love the classicism of ballet (and Aurora is my favorite princess), so this is a natural fit for me . I love how much Aurora changes as a character; from a happy sixteen year old girl to a regal queen getting married. It is such a demanding and challenging role, and would be amazing to dance one day! The music for this is incredible and so are the costumes. When I first injured my ankle, I watched lots of versions of this online, and tried to teach myself some of the variations! Any version of this role is stunning, but I especially love the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet’s performances, (from what I’ve watched on Youtube!)
- The Yellow Girl in Dances at a Gathering – I love everything about this ballet, the music, the costumes, Robbins’ gorgeous choreography. It’s very pared down, with no extravagant sets or costumes, but it’s such a special ballet and looks so fun to dance! The Yellow Girl is my dream part in this ballet, she has such a lively role, especially her pas de deux!
- The Waltz Girl in Serenade – I think every girl wants to be the Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s masterpiece. The entire ballet is so haunting and beautiful, and the final scene, featuring the Waltz Girl, is especially memorable. This ballet is all-around stunning, and would be a dream to dance, even in the corps!
- Juliet in Romeo and Juliet – This one is pretty self explanatory, it’s such a beautiful role! The music, the costumes, the choreography are all amazing, but they aren’t what I love most. This role takes so much to be convincing, so much emphasis is put on the little details—a few steps down the stairs, a slight turn of the head—I love the artistry needed for this ballet.
Ok, technically my top six, I couldn’t decide!
- Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux or Who Cares – I couldn’t decide between these two! I lumped them together because they are both relatively short Balanchine ballets. I’ve always wanted to learn and dance Tchai Pas, ever since I learned the girl’s variation at a summer intensive. I fell in love with the energy and precision of the choreography! Who Cares would also be incredibly fun to dance, I love the choreography and costumes, but especially the music. It’s beautiful!
that’s all for this week’s Friday Five, have a great weekend!