Have Today’s Dancers Lost Their Manners?
Everyone once in awhile I feel the need to express my opinion about certain types of behavior that I find less than appealing.
Anyone who genuinely loves ballet will naturally seek out other ballet lovers to socialize with. That includes social networking sights like Facebook, Twitter, and You-tube.
I have noticed an increase in negative and demeaning remarks made to anyone who is brave enough to post a public photo of themselves on Facebook or upload a video while trying a new pair of pointe shoes.
Most of the biting comments are coming from younger ballet students who seem to have a personal vendetta against other young dancers that they don’t know.
One young dancer with beautiful technical skills was rudely informed that although she was good technically, she would never be allowed to perform with such a “babyish” face. Just what is the purpose of a comment like that?
Can it be that soon, the younger generation of dancers will ignore the gracious and well mannered ballerina of yesteryear?
I remember how Margot Fontyen carried herself with ladylike dignity at all times. Never could we picture her lashing out in rudeness with another dancer.
How hard a dancer works to control the body when more control is needed over the tongue! I truly believe that any critique of a dancers technique, or lack of, can only be done by someone with impeccable teaching credentials.
A true ballerina maintains poise at all times. In the classroom or on the streets. She shows respect and reverence for her teachers and fellow students at all times. She has a responsibility to show honor to her chosen profession by behaving with dignity and grace.
Today’s young dancer must lift her standards of behavior higher so that she can be worthy of the tiara that crowns her head like a queen.