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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ballet girls

This week, we were lucky enough to visit a class at the Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet. The girls were achingly beautiful, and we were spellbound as they stretched and practiced. I could have stayed for days. See more photos here.

(Photo by Anna Wolf)

97 comments:

Nicole said...

I walk right by their studio on my way from the office to the eL (I walk right past that Borders in your picture!) and love when I look up & see them stretching or in class. So graceful & beautiful - always adds a little spring to my step!

K. Carlos said...

Oh neat! You're in Chicago! Don't forget to stop by La Creperie! :)

C said...

I'm always in awe of the perseverance it takes to be a ballet dancer. I did ballet, then moved on to tap when I was younger. Unfortunately, the knowledge has since been tucked away in an obsure corner of my mind...

Alicia said...

Beautiful!!

Rêverie said...

What an exquisite art form ballet is.
Wonderful pics!

x

jen laceda said...

I love ballet NOW, but when I was younger, I HATED it! Shows you how people change...

Saskia said...

I love ballet, I danced throughout my childhood & teenage years. I miss it.

Stunning photo... what a studio to practice in!

x

Melanie's Randomness said...

Awesome!! I did ballet for 10 years. I miss it so much.

Ginger said...

I work just a few blocks away, and when it gets dark the Joffrey turns the lights on in the studio and you can see right in to the classes. I love watching them rehearse.

Laura Trevey said...

oh so graceful!!!
I know that was an amazing day :)

karey m. said...

i want a back like that. plus the view isn't bad...

i wish i was with you...i miss chicago. best place on earth.

if you need a derm while you're there {random, but she's genius with skincare and so celeb}, my friend carolyn jacob is right on michigan ave.

and if you come home looking ten years younger - which means ten years old! - i'll know why!

stay warm and safe travels...

maggie said...

omg gorgeous!!!!!!!

natalie said...

Oh, I want to be a ballet dancer. Is 31 too old to start? Hm.

nomadcraftsetc said...

beautiful

Signorina Svizzera said...

You're so lucky! I will be sure to check out the other pictures!
I did ballet from age 4 until high school. At the time I was ready to leave, but now I miss it every day. Recently, I started the New York City Ballet workout dvds- it's amazing how much your body remembers!

*c said...

there is nothing more beautiful than ballet. thank you for these gorgeous photos!

owl and peacock : melina said...

That could have been me had I not given my mother such a fuss...
;)
Yes, I'm with you, I could watch ballerinas for hours. I've just discovered my boyfriend is actually not adverse to attending a ballet, which is the most amazing thing I could ever ask for! We live in Chicago, but have never seen Joffrey... soon, perhaps!

abigail said...

I'm jealous!

TheBeautyFile said...

Beautiful. I am completely entranced by and in awe of ballerinas. This is a stunning shot. I totally love your Parisienne blog...so much so, I am going to Bloomies to stop at the YSL counter to sniff sniff sniff!

Michelle LeBlanc said...

So Lovely! My 2 yr old daughter is obsessed with ballet and I'm so excited to take her to the Nutcracker this year!!

Every Little Counts said...

as a child i never wanted to study ballet, but now that i'm older i wish i did. i am so into the whole look- hair up in a bun, deep scoop backs, tights and slippers, all in shades of white, pale pink, and black. so classic.

Closet Cravings said...

I love the idea of being a dancer. Ballet dancers seem like they float, and like they belong in a dream.

Trina Enriquez said...

You may also like watching "The Company" directed by Robert Altman and starring Neve Campbell. Joffrey Ballet dancers make up the cast and the movie features some moving performances, including one incredible pas de deux with Neve onstage outside in a storm.

Yiskah said...

Is it bad that I still want to be a ballerina when I grow up, even though I'm 30?

Those pictures are achingly beautiful.

BakerGirl said...

I'm so fascinated by ballerinas at this level of their career! Their dedication and abilities are astounding...

I still want to be a ballerina but I just have to settle for adult classes now...That ship sailed a long time ago!

jean goddard said...

What a beautiful photograph!

mariel4985 said...

Aww, this makes me pine for my ballet days again. It almost makes me forget how competitive it was! haha. Intense, but beautiful nonetheless. :)

Brandi said...

I absolutely adore the ballet. I wanted to be a ballerina so much when I was little (I think every little girl goes through that phase). I need to find out if there's anything out here in Southern CA for me to go see...

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I had a couple of childhood friends who became ABT dancers, and have always been fascinated by the discipline. Something about putting so very many hours of your every day into just one single undivided passion. And such a rare and beautiful thing it is.

mart and lu said...

my former roommate graduated from here...she is so beautiful and dances so gracefully!

my name is lauren. said...

ballerinas always make me so jealous that i'm not that graceful. sadly, not only am i not graceful on the level of a ballerina, but i am a copmlete klutz :(.

Stephanie said...

You should totally put La Danse by Frederick Wiseman on your must-see list ... you will swoon. I saw it last night at Film Forum and am still giddy.

xo

sm

Cafe Fashionista said...

I've honestly wanted to be a ballerina for my entire life, and have always adored looking at photos of ballerinas. These are stunning! :)

EvaForeva said...

Gorgeous photo! It's so peaceful!

Ann Marie said...

made me sigh out loud. so very pretty. what a fun day indeed.

Blue Is Bleu said...

When I was little I wished I'd done ballet... if I tried to stretch like that now I'd break something lol

Bridget said...

If you have a chance to see their production of the Nutcracker you HAVE to! Best ever.

Shaista said...

Beautiful image, beautiful form, and very inspiring. I think ballet classes for the over 30s could be a brilliant idea - yoga for the first decade of 2000 and ballet for the second. What do you think? :)

Dressing On The Side said...

and one and two...I am so tempted to throw my leg up on a table at this moment and STRETCH....

abbet said...

Stephanie I also saw La Danse at the AFI Festival here in LA. You are right on, it was magical!

Hannah said...

I don't understand how people can dislike the ballet- I'm with you on how beautiful it is. The lines, the grace; I've cried so many times during them. I'm totally willing to admit to that- some are so sad! And how you can not get caught up in the emotions and wonder is beyond me!

E said...

Beautiful.

And ouch pouches!! They are really the best!! Much easier on your feet than sheep wool.

The Primed4Design Team said...

beautiful!

Lilee said...

WOAH

Christina said...

lucky you! i grew up in chicago... find a jimmy johns and have a sandwich, they're the best ever, i promise!!! and, if you're looking for a fun, neighborhoodie bar, the wrightwood tap tucked in lincoln park was & is my favorite!!! have a great trip!

Allison said...

i have always loved the grace of ballerinas! this summer i decided to up and take a ballet class at a local arts center. i know i looked like a long-legged awkward frog, but all the same, it was a bit like a dream come true!

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Jen said...

I always wished to be as graceful. But alas, I am a klutz. Maybe one can live vicariously through these girls!

brideonashoestring said...

I danced ballet professionally what seems like a lifetime ago. Ballet pictures make my heart ache for a time where not dancing was as unthinkable as living without breathing

Dancing Branflake said...

I love ballet! I dance modern professionally but still take ballet regularly because I think pointe shoes are the most beautiful thing ever. For any of you who are inspired by this post I encourage you to find a studio in your area that offers an adult ballet class. It's good for posture, grace, and confidence. I occasionally teach an adult ballet class and we always have a blast.

I have a photo shoot in two weeks and I'm definitely inspired!

owo said...

le sigh indeed.
if you're still in chicago and have an hour to spare in the evening, i can think of no better way to spend it than at The Violet Hour,http://www.theviolethour.com/. nothing embodies french style to me more then having a great cocktail and nibbling on spice almonds in a candlelit, impeccably decorated room. favorite cocktails include the "juliette and romeo" and "hush and wonder".

My Favourite Things said...

Great pictures! I'll always have a special place in my heart for ballet as I used to dance when I was younger. I try to make it to at least one ballet per year (usually around Christmas-it's kind of become a tradition).

Lauren said...

Oh I am so in love with these photos... I adore ballet fashion and anything ballet inspired too :) check out my blog, Jo!

http://loveandphoto.blogspot.com

Eliana Tomás said...

I once had a dream: to be a ballerina.

Clare said...

Thank you for posting this lovely photo. I took ballet from the age of four until 11 and not only did it help me become less of a klutz but it also helped with my poor british circulation! Now that my beloved Nanny is gone I have no-one left who is interested in going to the ballet with me. Sniff

MarjnHomer said...

I wish I was that flexible..

Andrea Tan said...

Ooh, I wish I can stretch like that and don't end up with dislocated bones! Love the pics!

andyquirks.blogspot.com

Little Mave said...

so stunning!

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing these! I am a ballet teacher and my little ones would be so inspired!

www.movecreateeducate.blogspot.com

Cocoa Chu Chu said...

I studied ballet since I was 4. It sure is beautiful. A looot of hard work and missing toe nails!!!

Tiny Little House said...

I just watched the most amazing documentary yesterday on Russian Ballerina's. It's by Bertrand Normand. The girls are mesmerizing and so inspirational.

Christina Rodrigues said...

Ballet is so graceful and pretty! ive taken classes but will never have that ballet skill ;)

Adriana said...

Oh how I miss dancing. I love in the article how it says ouch pouches for the feet...thats serious!

Polly R said...

Lucky you! I love watching ballet x

astridland said...

I love taking ballet classes and am very inspired by these beautiful images!

astridland.blogspot.com

Sari said...

I am so jealous that you got to watch that class! I have been reading your blog forever and I am always inspired!

I added you to my blogroll! please check it out
www.littlebitsandblogs.blogspot.com

XOXO
Sari

simplesong said...

so fun. love, love everything about ballet and would love to visit the Joffrey Ballet school any day!

Chessa! said...

when I was about 13 years old I took a summer class in photography at an art school...one afternoon we went to the dance class where the ballerinas were practicing and I shot some black and white film that when I developed it reminded me of the degas dancers...I know I must have that film somewhere...I'll have to hunt it down at my parents' house...I'd love to try that again. this is such a gorgeous photo. dancers are so graceful and lithe...there's nothing quite like watching them. they don't look real. something that beautiful and natural-looking although perfectly choreographed could only exist in dreams...sigh...

Jandra said...

joanna! if you gals are still in chicago, stop by STITCH. it is a few steps down from RSVP and le bouchon ... cute little gifts and whatnots! it's tucked away along the damen strip, but definitely one of the fixtures of the bucktown neighborhood. otherwise, i hope you had a great time in the windy city! it's a wonderful place to call home! come back soon :)

Amanda said...

I think almost every woman at some point wants to be a ballerina. I've been lucky enough to see "Romeo and Juliet" at the Metropolitan Opera House and it was breathtaking.

Even my 20 month old will stop and watch ballet if it's on t.v. Such a gorgeous art form and not one movement is "ugly".

Joanna Goddard said...

oooh jandra, sounds SO nice!!! we're actually in LA now, but next time! :) joannaxo

Joanna Goddard said...

and amanda, SO cute about your baby!!!

Jam Top said...

oh my goodness i know some of these girls!!!
too cool!

nifer said...

OMG! Love that picture! I used to be a ballerina, and images like this bring back such good memories of dreams left behind. *sigh*

~ Jen

S and O said...

wow that picture is so graceful!!!
I wanted to be a ballerina when I was younger but the parents put me in volley ball instead, (um boo...i mean it was fun, but I never got to wear a tutu).
That was my dream back in the day, but then what little girl, or big girl for that matter, (i haven't given up hope yet) doesn't want to be a ballet dancer???
Olivia

ballet622couture said...

My friend is a Joffrey trainee! She's not in the pics though.

sisters in black frocks said...

so delicate, and lovely. i am jealous

Ann said...

OMG, I know! When I was my mom would take me to the ballet. I always left inspired to dance like them. I'd spend the next month twirling and leaping through my house {about as graceful as a frog - dance classes did not help, lol}.

Such a beatiful dance. :)

Ann said...

Ahem, *when I was little* -

karen said...

This makes me feel guilty about skipping ballet class last week. People say they miss it....Just go back to class it's not a big deal.

kate / tinywarbler said...

so beautiful! i'm totally jealous. (i also wish i had ouch pouches when i danced en pointe. we just used lambswool.)

Nimue said...

I love Ballet! I used to be a ballerina, but I stopped when I went to highschool. I very much regret it now! love your picture btw!

kanishk said...

Unfortunately, the knowledge has since been tucked away in an obsure corner of my mind... Work from home India

VIOLHAINE LARSEN said...

I miss ballet... :(

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jessruhlin said...

Some of my best friends dance and teach at Joffrey- a wonderful company! Their Nutcracker came to my hometown of St. Louis last xmas and I hope they come again. If you are yearning for more ballet photos or news, feel free to look at m dance blog as I am a professional ballet dancer as well.
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