“Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.” – Tim Burton
As a child, I experienced life in a very candid, carefree way. Though I was curious about the world – reading a lot with my mom, talking to grandpa about distant lands, looking at maps, memorizing country capitals (and getting very excited about geography) – I always felt that travels would happen at a much later stage in my life. I grew up traveling to see my grandparents in Poland as much as possible (and traveling within Europe is certainly easier by shorter distances). It was on those road trips with grandpa driving long hours, that I would ask questions about the world, dream about exotic places, and wonder about nearby countries.
This weekend, I watched a movie that reminded me of a different part of childhood I loved – dancing. As a child, I enjoyed all types of dance, but I especially remember ballet nights. I wasn’t particularly great at ballet, but it taught me discipline and I tremendously respected the art of it. My parents took me to classical concerts and ballet performances, and I remember really enjoying these. I continue to attend ballet performances in NYC, and get swept away by the stories, the athleticism, and the art the dancers create on that stage.
On Sunday, I watched the Ballerina documentary on Netflix, which follows the lives of young Russian ballerinas from the Kirov, whose dedication and passion for dance shows in every part of the film. While the movie is at times slightly difficult to watch – particularly when focusing on the discipline ‘forced’ on these young women who strive for constant perfection – it made me realize how lucky I was to be able to dance and to experience this art form at a young age. My parents always encouraged me to try new things and to delve into different hobbies, which allowed me to live a fun childhood (a childhood I hope to give my own kids one day).
Did you dance when younger? Still do? What type of dance? Ever watched the documentary?