So, this weekend turned out (no pun intended, ha!) to have quite the ballet theme. On Saturday a few of my dearest friends & I enjoyed an amazing evening (with, may I add, Channing Tatum & adorable wife, Jenna, as fellow guests) at Sadler’s Wells for David Nixon & The Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby ballet. I can’t praise this ballet enough. The talent of the dancers, the beautiful combination of traditional 1920’s dances with the added element of grace that only ballet can bring, and the amazing costumes made for an excellent production. A couple of my friends had already seen Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation and felt the ballet by far surpassed the movie, in particular in keeping true to the strong emotional aspect and depth of the book.
After such a brilliant experience, I wasn’t ready to leave my ballet dose at one for the weekend. I had debated going back to one of my old favourites like ‘Centre Stage’, ‘Step Up’ or ‘The Red Shoes’ (yes, I’ll openly admit to loving any dance film, no matter how cheesy!), but decided to give the documentary, ‘First Position’ a go to wrap up my Sunday. What a spectacular account to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into this beautiful art form. The dedication and determination of the young dancers in the film is remarkable. A fantastic film for anyone who has the slightest interest in or appreciation for ballet. Bravo to my ballet weekend - I’ll certainly indulge again soon!
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