Today, dance has taken to the internet to capture the attention of the public. The goal is to show the importance of the arts in our society, and keep it alive. Photos, videos, and even a day dedicated to dance, most specifically ballet, is portrayed on social media outlets like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Even groups like, Ballet Zaida advertise professional photography around the country for those who would like to partake in the movement. Guys and girls with different dance backgrounds are encouraged to participate, and even professional ballet dancers, like Beckanne Sisk (seen below) take part.
Dancers from professional companies, like the New York City Ballet, will take short videos of combinations, turning routines, or even things as simple as stretching to showcase their talents. It is not necessarily a way to brag or show off, but to show how much hard work and dedication goes into creating such a beautiful art. When doing so, the hope is that the public will see dance through a new perspective, other than the typical negative stereotypes that people have.
There are those that perceive ballet as “not a sport” or even “easy.” What they do not understand is that those who do this for a living spend up to 40 hours a week training. If you believe that ballet looks or seems easy, then you know that the dancers are doing their job right. The goal for a dancer is essentially to achieve perfection. Though this is obviously impossible to do, the more clean and precise their movements are, the more flawless and easy their moves seem to be. In reality, hours and hours of training and classes are taken to build up the muscle and strength needed to perform challenging choreography. Under Armour even made a video featuring Misty Copeland, a professional dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, which attempts to debunk theses accusations that ballet is not a sport.
Another way that dance has done to overcome this “death of the arts,” is World Ballet Day. World Ballet Day is, as their website describes, is “an opportunity for audiences to see what it takes to be one of the world’s top companies, providing viewers around the world an inside look at the athleticism and dedication required for a life in ballet.” People can physically log in at any time while this is going on and see how much work really goes into training and putting on a two hour performance. From men lifting women in the air, to the high leaps that are performed over and over again, the public is given the rare chance to see what ballet is all about. On that day as well, you can find students from dance studios all around the world posting pictures and videos of themselves with the hashtag worldballetday. There is no lack of pride as this is a day that every dancer looks forward to.
Whether you believe that dance is a sport or not, it is making a comeback, and the media is to thank for that. With all of the resources available, men and women of all ages can see what it takes to be a dancer. The beauty, grace, and hard work can be seen through photos and videos showcasing dancer’s skills. World Ballet Day even promotes and encourages people to get out and dance. An art considered to be dying is brought back to life through the use of the internet.