Ballet: An Extreme Sport

// Every year since moving to San Francisco, my wife and I purchase packages of tickets to the symphony, opera and ballet. It works out to about 1 performance per month. A dose of culture and a bit of support for the arts, and I generally don’t mind it. I have zero appreciation for classical music but I do find watching it get made pretty interesting, I really don’t like the opera, fat people stretching a 15-minute story into 3 hours. Which brings me to the ballet, ballet is awesome, I grew up skiing, mountain biking and climbing and still love to do and watch these extreme sports. You know what? Ballet is an extreme sport!

Let’s take a quick detour to the all-knowing Wikipedia, here is what it says under extreme sport:

 “An extreme sport (also called freesport, action sport, and adventure sport) is a popular term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear.”

According to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation:

“compared to the 61 common sports, only professional [American] football is more physically demanding than ballet”

[caption id="attachment_238" align="alignnone" width="541"] Photo by Joe McNally/LIFE Magazine[/caption]

Also apparently over 80% of ballet dancers get injured at some point. So, high level of inherent danger……CHECK.

Then just check out how fast they spin, how high they jump and how ripped they are and that takes care of “speed, height, a high level of physical exertion”…….CHECK

If you are thinking ballet does not require specialized gear, check out the pointe shoes, not to mention the costumes, which tend to be specific to each performance, don’t get more specialized than that. So, “specialized gear”…….CHECK!

It’s really starting to make sense to me why I instantaneously liked the ballet so much. Now we just have to get it into the X-games!

// Lorris

September 04, 2012 by Lorris
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