In a world where ballet dance is considered to be a female thing these men have defied the norms and have danced passionately to their heart’s desire. Tapping their dedication with pose and grace these four ballerinos have owned the stage whenever they have set their feet on it. As they say, “Real men don’t lift weights, they lift women”, so get ready to let your spirits be inspired by the life of these four danseurs.
1. Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Yes, yes I know what you are thinking, “Whoa, that’s Aleksandr Petrovsky from Sex and the city”. This heart-throb who played the role of Carrie’s beau in SATC in real life is one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. His Russian accent has flattered many hearts but his dance has won over a thousand souls.
Here is one of his quotes handpicked just for you dance fanatics – “When a body moves; it’s the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute and I’ll tell you who you are.”
2. Carlos Acosta
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Highly acclaimed as the “greatest male dancer of his generation”, Carlos Acosta rose from an impoverished background to achieve the unthinkable. The man whom once life rendered shoe-less has today left his footprints in the sands of time wearing his ballet shoes.
Here is one of Acosta’s inspiring quote from his book Pig’s foot, “A friend of mine says that what’s important is not work, but what you become through work, because at the end of the day all men die, but their work lives on in spite of the suffering and the sacrifice.”
3. Benjamin Millepied
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Benjamin from Bordeaux, France, Oh! Yes, the city which produces some of the most amazing wine in the world. No wonder his dance is as intoxicating as the red wine of Bordeaux. This ballerino is best known for his ballet choreography in the Oscar nominated movie, ‘Black Swan’.
P.S – For all those who don’t already know this danseur is the better half of the amazing Natalie Portman.
Here is one of his quotes, which we are sure will open the eyes of many aspiring dancers; “Most dancers have no awareness of how they look; half of them think they’re fat. There is anorexia in the ballet world; there are those things.”
4. PAUL TAYLOR
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From starting by collecting a small group of dancers to produce his own work to becoming the owner of ‘The Paul Taylor Dance Company’, this ballerino came a long way through his dedication. Today he is amongst the last living members of the third generation of America’s modern dance artists.
One of the quotes from his autobiography ‘Private Domain’ which reveals the true sense of devotion to the art of dancing goes as follows, “Most dancers I know, especially the talented and successful ones, seem to possess [my dog’s] knack for living moment to moment. You see, their idea of time is related to those infinitely short moments when they are onstage being their super selves.”