As ballet companies around the world start to reveal their plans for upcoming seasons, it’s time for us toÂ get philosophical again. As many of you know, we started The Ballet Bag back in 2009 (if you are curious, you can still readÂ our very first blog) because we were becoming increasingly engaged with, and curious about this unique art form. As a result, weÂ embarked on several ballet adventures: seeing new artists emerge from the wings of theÂ Prix de Lausanne,Â connecting with audiences via social media, speaking to people who had much to contribute to the debate onÂ whether ballet has a future.
SevenÂ years on, what still makes us tick? Weâ€™re still here. True, we might not post as often, and we might not review as often (in part due to the fact that we are watching fewerÂ shows these days), but we are still regularly engaging with our readers on social media. This has remained a constant from day one. These days, we are amazed to seeÂ Instagram overtaking Twitter as a social channel for ballet. Granted,Â Twitter still remains relevant, but it now has serious competition. An example? DuringÂ World Ballet Day 2015, the mostÂ interestingÂ conversations were happening in the YouTube chatboxes, and not on Twitter. Our ownÂ Facebook community, which used to be relatively quiet, has become much more active in the last couple of years, and itâ€™s a joy to be able to share so many amazing dance images – and here goes a huge shout out and thank you to theÂ super talented Alice Pennefather! – to around 255,000 “likers” every week. We love that page, we hope you do too.
Back to theÂ art form itself, weâ€™re still following it with interest. We may not watch shows as frequently, but weâ€™re there rooting for our favorites (you know who they are!) and on that note, bring on this week’sÂ premiere of She Said at ENB, and the revival of Winter’s Tale at the Royal Ballet. We are looking forward to both.
Now it’s over to you: we would love to hear what you think. What still keeps you going, dance-wise?
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