Last week, two male dancers on two different continents made Facebook fans do a serious double take. Warning: When you watch these dancers' incredible feats of balance and strength, you may want to hold onto your jaw—it's going to drop.
If you've ever been on a Boso Balance Trainer (or any other balance board) in a physical therapy session or at the gym, you know that just standing on the thing can be pretty darn challenging. (Do a simple YouTube search, and you can see that even the fittest people struggle a bit—fast-forward to 2:15 in this video for exhibit A.)
But you all know that ballet dancers are crazy—crazy-strong, crazy-focused and crazy-AMAZING. Take English National Ballet's Barry Drummond, for example. This is his Bosu Balance workout:
So there's that. But then, inspired by Drummond, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's Jon Bond decided to try it out:
I just can't even.
This one's all about the boys! What's it really like to partner New York City Ballet's tutu-clad ballerinas? And how do all those jumps and lifts affect the body? This week's installment of online reality show "city.ballet" tells all.
Male dancers in NYCB seem to have it made now, but many of them were bullied growing up. Principals Robert Fairchild and Chase Finlay and corps member Harrison Ball all admit to being bullied in school for choosing fouettés over football.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"Someone asked me at the gala the other day, 'Why'd you start dancing?' And I said, 'Well, I walked into a ballet studio and saw the male to female ratio, and I was like, sign me up.'" —NYCB principal Andy Veyette
Watch every episode now or join in on my one-episode-per-week challenge at dancemagazine.com (Click “Related” in the upper right hand corner of the video to navigate between episodes.)