MARCH 2019

Ballet in Paris

Living a childhood dream &
developing body awareness

March 20192019-05-12T12:07:22+00:00

The City of Light, home to Quasimodo and the croissant, also has the honor of being the birthplace of ballet as we know it. At the Centre de Danse du Marais – situated in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris, a short walk from the Cathedral of Notre Dame – lessons with Daniella Rajchman and Ghislain de Compreignac put to rest my old childhood dream of lessons at the barre: pliés, rond du jambs, arabesques!

What did I learn? That ballet embodies almost mystical wisdom about the human body and what it can do. Devotion and years of work reveal the body’s potential, and dancing becomes both joyful and exquisitely beautiful. Ballet lessons helped me embrace the potential of grace and strength in myself. They helped me begin to see the rewards of devotion to a discipline.

But I also learned that ballet isn’t for me – not now, anyway. I’ll continue to draw from its practices, but what I really long for now is dance where I can let my hair down! Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s in store when I go to New York City in April