Degas’s “Little Dancer”

Last night I performed a solo as part of Division Opera in Lakeland. The event opened the Mayfaire weekend and was like a big party for the artists in our city. Florida Dance Theatre participated by including three dances in the event, all inspired by works by Degas. I was very happy to dance a solo inspired by this famous statue:

 

Little Dancer at fourteen courtesy of Wikipedia

I was told after I finished dancing by a friend of mine that it was pretty freaky (but cool) how much I looked like a statue standing still. (Points for Ari!) See the resemblance?

 

And here are the pictures taken and posted online by resident art fanatic Mr. Lakeland:

    

I enjoyed the entire event, dancing this solo, and even all of the bronze paint that transformed me into the statue. (At least my paint job only took two hours- the Greek marble statue and cyborg-looking guy took over four hours to paint).

But truly, I loved dancing as my fourteen-year-old self did, free and happy and without hardly a care in the world. I work to do that all the time, but it was niece to have a piece that was happiness at its most basic, without all the drama in other ballets.

And of course, it is very rewarding to have strangers come up to you telling you how wonderful you were 🙂

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