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My First Semester of College
When I first enrolled in this course I thought it would be a good chance for me to meet new people with an interest in ballet, but I never thought that it would have a larger impact on myself. For instance, I did not believe that I would relate the world of ballet to my economics and statistic class that I am currently enrolled in as well, but that is exactly what I began to do. During these past 15 weeks I have learn much about myself, life, and ballet. The class is not what I ever imagined; however I would not change a thing about the class overall. Ballet like everything else has a rich history that although it does not seem important, or appear ...view middle of the document...

One thing that I found truly remarkable about Balanchine was how he strived in the face of adversity. Even though he was in a sense kicked out of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, he did not let that impact his life in a way that he gave up. Instead, he created something, which possibly is greater than the Ballet Russe was, the New York City Ballet and the America School of Ballet. At the time we covered this information I did not see a possible connection that had with my life. It was just a simply fact of life, he left the Ballet Russe and created his own world renowned ballet company, but looking back in a way all of the students in this class along with thousands of others are Balanchine in a way. After all, we all left what we were accustomed to, our homes, families, friends, and high school. To come to a university. No one know what the outcome will be, but if we all have the vision and innovation that Balanchine had there is not a doubt in my mind that we too, all the freshman on campus, will be able to achieve success. Of course, our form of success will probably fade with the years, unlike Balanchine’s, but we can all enjoy the accomplishment like Balanchine had to feel with the New York City Ballet. Like mentioned earlier, Balanchine’s name will forever be tied to ballet, even the contemporary styles that we studied later in the semester.
During the middle phase of the course my interest began to peak more and more. One of the moments I remember most from what was dubbed “the transitionary phase”. This moment was during a class period when it became evident how far ballet has come over the years. The Rite of Spring was choreographed by Vaslay Nijinsky to the music of Igor Stravinsky. The dances meaning never changed; it was always about sexuality. However, the way it was presented changed dramatically throughout the years. In the oldest version we watched in class was performed in 1913 the dancers were fully covered in what can be presumed to be a traditional Native American inspired attire. Over time the amount of clothes that the performers were wearing decreased to a most modern version watched were one dancer was completely naked. It was also then when we thought it was important to break the complicated dance apart into three words. By doing this we were able to define what ballet is. To me this was the moment that I realized ballet is a constant evolution, it is also an elegant story in movement, but it can be shocking which only increases the interest of the audience. However, it also needs to be taken into consideration that the dancers are just as equally important to the dance as well as the choreographers. One of the dancers I found extremely interesting was Sylie Guleen. Upon reviewing my notes I noted that I wrote down a specific quote she said during her interview, “I wanted to make my own choice. I wanted to take responsibility for my own life”. This excerpt from the 10 minute video we watched...

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