I've noticed a trend lately that saddens me. Ballet in its purest and truest form is being seen less and less. In other words, classical ballet is dying.
That was another problem I ran into when I aspired to have a ballet career, but didn't mention until now. I am not a contemporary dancer, yet the dancers of today must be. Every classical ballet company has its own vast repertoire of contemporary ballets. The school/company I just left was no different. In fact, they were moving away from traditional story ballets at a rapid pace. That created some difficulties for me. I appreciate contemporary ballet and I'll watch it, but I have no interest in dancing that way. I had teachers tell me that I was a good ballerina, but I had to be more than that. Unfortunately for me, I wasn't.
I do not wish to imply that there isn't room in the world for change. That's not my view at all, but at the same time I desire to keep the old, so long as its worthy, eternally present and very much alive. The video tapes of the great classical and romantic ballets I used to borrow from the library were what held me captive as a ten year old just starting dance class, and now the DVDs that I've collected of these same ballets continue to hold my attention.
I always sense the dance world's disapproval of people like me who prefer the ballets that originated years ago over the new ones being created today. Again, it's not that I don't appreciate these dances, its just that classical ballet will forever be my favorite style. I hope the future holds a spot for this elegant and refined way of dancing.