• gaubatzek wrote a new post, A Look into My Ballet World, on the site Urban Planner/Dancer 6 years, 10 months ago

    Sharing my perspective on the ballet world in which I live. Enjoy!

    • I think that choosing to make a video was a good choice for your topic. I think that a lot of people would probably be surprised by how much ballet and sociology can be related. I think it’s great that you found ways in which ballet has a culture of its own and how you can use it to connect with others. I was really surprised by how much social structure there was in the ballet world and how there is not only competition to be great but also competition with dancers themselves. I think this was a really strong use of the platform we were given and you did a great job.

    • I like how you stated that you hold all the power to succeed within yourself. Those are empowering and encouraging words. I also think it’s interesting how your fellow dancers are your best friends but you’re also competing against them. Ballet seems like such an interesting culture and unique. Thank you for sharing that with us. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video. Side note: OUCH! My toes hurt just thinking about doing what you do on a daily basis! 😉

    • You are correct that there is a hierarchy of power in ballet companies just as there are in corporations and government. Ultimately, the artistic director of a ballet company holds the most power and can choose which dancer he or she wants to perform in any given role. This aspect of ballet is often very frustrating to dancers because not getting the part you dream of is quite tough. Yet we push on and keep working towards our goals and this is where the “power over my own actions” idea comes into play for me.