Have you ever noticed that friends who dance together tend to stay together? I’ll admit, it’s true. My ballet friends were my best friends growing up and even until my 30’s—when I moved away. But why is that?
- It takes a certain type of person to be a ballerina, whether extracurricularly or professionally. It takes someone smart, curious and creative. Someone who is driven and doesn’t give up. I’d take people like that to be my friends any day.
- You have so many shared memories of performances, dance festivals, competitions, etc. that it’s impossible not to have bonded.
- As you get older, ballet takes up more and more of your time. The ballet studio becomes your second home and your fellow dancers and teachers become your second family. You all know each other’s quarks, what we like, what we don’t, and of course the inside jokes.
- The ballet world is its own world. From how to prep your pointe shoes, warming up, dance attire, rehearsals, more rehearsals, blisters on our toes, to dancing under the bright lights of a stage. It just seems like a different place from the rest of the world and the only people who really know you are those who have made it to and experienced this magical place too.
- It takes a lot of teamwork and dedication to dance in a ballet company. Your best ballet friends are the ones who didn’t quit when it got hard (a.k.a., when you started pointework). They help you get through grueling rehearsals at the ballet studio. They help you make it through the difficult performances.
- Your ballet friends are the only ones who will acceptably dress up in the glitz and sparkles along with you, wear way too much makeup, and of course a tiara—when your in your teens, and even into your 20’s and sometimes 30’s.
What do you think? Have more reasons why ballet friends are the best friends? We’d love to hear them!