We all have our favorite dancers. Those artists whom we look up to and admire and continue to help us work harder everyday. I learn new names and watch new talent all the time, but these five dancers are the ones that never fail to impress me and take my breath away. Here are my top five role models :)
5: Lucia Lacarra
Lucia is a principal ballet dancer with the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich. Her gorgeous lines and captivating expressions have bewildered me since I saw this video.
4: Alina Cojocaru
A member of the Royal Ballet, Alina guest performs with artists worldwide and has performed practically every role in the book. My favorite of hers being her adorable and innocent portrayal of "Aurora" in the "Sleeping Beauty."
3: Sylvie Guillem
Sylvie Guillem is arguably the definition of the perfect ballerina. Her legs extend for miles and her feet are more arched than any other foot I've ever seen. Her body seems to move without ever touching the ground. This was the first video I ever saw of her and my jaw literally dropped.
2: Svetlana Zakharova
Svetlana is a principle dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow as well as a guest performer around the globe. Built similarly to Sylvie Guillem with her arched feet and long lines, she is a gorgeous dancer but I think what captivated me was her amazing acting ability. She devotes herself to a role completely, body, mind and soul.
1: Polina Semionova
Polina has become a bit of an Internet sensation in the ballet world. As she dances in a music video that she was fortunate enough to be cast in, feeling just seeps out from her body with every perfect point of her foot or develope of her leg. I've never found another dance video that celebrates the human body quite as well. Polina has a beautiful womanly shape and is made up of practically nothing but muscle. Her genuine expressions transform her into a totally believable character. She is without a doubt my favorite ballerina.
Who's your greatest role model? What ballerina do you watch when you're in need of inspiration? Post a comment below to let us know :)
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