Ballet Inspiration

For someone as uncoordinated and unfamiliar with dance as I am, I decided to approach the beginning stages of this topic with baby steps. No pun intended.

I’ve been in contact with one of the co-directors of Ballet Fantastique, the daughter of the duo. I’m excited to begin filming and photographing behind-the-scenes footage of their rehearsals leading up to opening night of Zorro, their big production for fall.

In the meantime, I’m sitting here, twiddling my thumbs before I do that. Well, sort of. My first sneak peak is on Thursday, so I’m spending this time researching the topic I know so little about.

I began my research by getting a feel for what I’m getting myself into. And what better way to do so than Pinterest?

Okay, here we go.

Pinterest Search

I scrolled through the search results, not really looking for anything more specific beyond what would put me in the mood. I was stunned with the beauty of the photographs.

I began to pin things that inspired me towards any sort of angle. I pinned pointe shoes, cool photographs, photos that captured the essence of the life of a ballerina, any material I could use as inspiration for my upcoming interview on Thursday.

I even found this cool infographic. It may inspire me to post a blog post simply about the art of pointe shoes later down the line.

Pointe Shoes

In the end, I created a board that I hope will drive me towards the right direction come Thursday. It will be an aid in knowing what to expect, what not to expect, what to ask, what not to ask. It’s also given me some inspiration to think outside the box on how I want to capture this form of dance in photos. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, but I want to at least see what I can do about playing around with shadows and angles.

My other inspiration for this journey is my 3-year-old niece, who just enrolled in ballet classes a month ago. Her goofy grins throughout class show me how much she loves it, and I’m excited to see if she continues to pursue it in her childhood and perhaps even beyond.

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About Brittany Nguyen

I am a sophomore studying advertising and journalism at the University of Oregon. As the current public relations vice president for Gamma Phi Beta - Nu chapter and in transition to become the next creative director Ethos Magazine, my free time is limited but I enjoy staying busy. In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or exploring the beautiful Eugene, Oregon.

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