Every now and then I talk about ballet around here. I’ve been taking ballet classes for about two and a half years now, and it’s my favorite thing in the entire world. Taking ballet classes and dancing in pointe shoes was one of those dreams that I secretly had for years, and I didn’t finally chase that dream until I was 25. It’s been such an awesome experience, watching my body do things I never dreamed I could do, and seeing myself become stronger and–shockingly–even a bit graceful. However, I don’t talk about my ballet endeavors a lot around mine blog simply because it just doesn’t really have anything to do with the majority of Distracted Blogger. This weekend was a bit different. Why? Because this weekend, my love of comics and superheroes collided directly with my love of ballet. Specifically, Batman and ballet.
I mean, when you think Batman, you totally think ballet and dancing. Who doesn’t, amirite?
This weekend, using the musical stylings of The Piano Guys, my pointe class performed a dance as Batman–well, Bat-People might be more appropriate (mainly because there were several of us, we aren’t men, and our costumes were more Batman inspired than actual Batman outfits). See what I mean:
Regardless of the accuracy of our costumes, the dance was essentially a fight between the Bat-People and Harley Quinn. It was a weird marriage of two things I love, but I can’t lie, it was kind of fantastic. Of course, the “fight” was definitely more like this…
…than, you know, this:
Yes, rather than brawn and brute force, we were protecting Gotham with pique turns and arabesques, as any vigilante would.
Regardless of how realistic and brutal the “fighting” was, the dance was still marvelously fun. I had a fantastic time getting to channel the Dark Knight while dancing about in pointe shoes. Ballet has helped me overcome so many fears and insecurities, so it felt pretty fantastic to bring in a superhero to my ballet-verse. We got to dance with a Gotham backdrop behind us, and some of the other students from our studio held up POW! and BANG! signs during our “fight” with Harley.
I was quite shocked at how much more comfortable I felt in my pointe shoes, and how strong I felt. Seeing how much I have improved since I first started ballet and pointe work in particular truly made me feel like I was worthy of the title of Batman–or, at least, Bat-person.
I love how superheroes and comics can influence people who aren’t even a part of the comics/cinematic universes of those characters, and the different and creative ways people can incorporate masked heroes into places they normally don’t belong–like in ballet. If anything, this weekend proved how metal ballet can truly be, and even though we strive to look like graceful swans in our pointe shoes, ballerinas–even the awkward ones like yours truly–can rock a unitard and sparkly mask and kick some super-villain ass.
Have you found comics in unexpected places? What are some weird mashups of culture you’ve experienced lately? What things are you doing in your spare time that are challenging and weirdly fulfilling? Let’s talk about all of it in the comments!