I was able to arrange a pretty special outing for my sketchers: we were allowed to draw the professional dancers during a class and practice session of Ballet BC.
It was hard for me to choose something to focus on, but the dancers were great athletes and beautiful to look at. I thought about how most of us don’t maximize what our bodies can do, never mind our brains. These dancers were all muscle and no fat, all control, balance and grace. They have clearly both started with natural talent and the right genes, and then optimized that through years of training, as well as creative expression.
I had heard good things about Ballet BC under their new creative director for the last three years. I met two of the dancers, a boyfriend-girlfriend couple, through a good friend who studied ballet and had befriended them. After running into them and chatting with them at several social occasions over the last few years, I finally got to see these two dance at a Ballet BC performance two weeks ago, and was blown away.
I knew, even from just talking to them over the last couple of years, how all-consuming their passion for dance is, and now I was able to see how that passion comes through when they perform or even just practice. Unfortunately one of them is injured right now and he was not at the practice. I am getting a glimmer of how stressful that must be for this calibre of performing dancer.
I don’t attend ballet much, usually I get to go when Jeff or our friend, who each have a subscription, can’t make it, but I have already decided to join them more often.
And my sketchers were very happy.