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A Dancer’s Guide to Gratitude

Today is a day where people across the country take time to express gratitude for the blessings in their lives; yet ballet dancers have a very different list than most. Maybe you’re grateful for that perfectly-broken-in pair of pointe shoes or the uplifting comment you received in class the other day…there’s always something to be grateful for.


So have a little pie (really, just a tiny sliver) and read on.

The Ballet Dancer’s Guide to Gratitude


Barre exercises, the solid foundation upon which everything else is built, one step at a time…and brisés and ballonnés, and all of those shining moments where we get to defy gravity and fly.

Adoring ballet fans everywhere…because without them everything we do would lose context and meaning.

Lyrical music that speaks to your soul, sinks into your bones and urges you to move your body in pleasing ways.

Lifelong gifts of ballet: respect for the body and innate understanding of the benefits of discipline and dedication. And there’s the added benefit of stellar posture.

Every musician, composer and conductor who adds their own special ingredient to the melodious mix of sounds that prompts us to dance.

Teachers and all people who have cared enough to nurture, guide and shape who you are today.


Dancers who came before us, who led by example, who inspired us to dare to dream of following in their footsteps.

All theaters– whether humble or swimmingly opulent–the places where magic happens for everyone who enters.

New ideas and the people who take the time to contemplate and take action. Without them we would never have had pancake tutus, pointe shoes, or ballet academies.

Choreographic geniuses, those masters who continually reinvent the dance landscape, guiding dancers to take quantum leaps into unexplored territory and keeping audiences inspired.

Experts who make our bodies strong and put us back together when we tear ourselves apart, from podiatrists and surgeons, to massage therapists, Pilates instructors and yoga teachers.

Reverence for dance as an art form, one of the highest human pursuits, and deepest gratitude for those who recognize and support the arts to make it all possible.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be bright and joyful.


Feast For the Senses: A Visual Dance Feast

Most of us are busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Maybe you’re one of those people braving the rabid masses at Trader Joe’s or you were one of the smart people who planned ahead and shopped before things started getting manic.

Maybe you’re just looking forward to having a few days off and wearing your pajamas more than you ought to.

However you define Thanksgiving it is meant to be a celebratory holiday, where we give thanks for the blessings in our lives and feast with loved ones. Since I can’t provide a feast that you can taste in real life, I thought I would provide a feast of a different sort: a feast of the senses. Dance style, of course.

Because dance is very much a visual art form, a visual feast is the most appropriate place to begin. As a lover of all things tutu, all things creative and all things color, these tasty morsels are a few of my favorites. Feast and enjoy.

David DeSilva

Post:Ballet does sexy so very, very well, don’t you think? They are just as tantalizing onstage….

photo by RJ Muna

Garrett + Moulton hired designer Margaret Thatcher to create larger-than-life costumes that are truly delicious eye-candy for their recent production of Angels of Enchantment. More about this production here.

Hiromi Yamazaki, photo by Tiffany Fong

Diablo Ballet celebrates their 20th anniversary this spring. This delicious Bay Area company may be small in size, but has one of the most diverse rosters around, with dancers hailing from Tokyo, Venezuela and the Ukraine.

May you feast and enjoy your blessings this holiday.