I have even met Flashdance's Jennifer Beals just to show how strongly I am in the art. She was giddiously triumphant just after that Flashdance role and had a few young friends with her in a New York restaurant. As she walked buy, I congratulated her performance and she laughed and said "Oh, I'm not her," which caused her friends to giggle as she probably whispered "What a treat," which sounded in the din, strangely like "What a creep."
The New York City Ballet which has now performed "The Nutcracker 2,342 times offered these statistics on what it takes to be a dancer:
- 460 over-the-counter pain pills consumed by the company in a week
- 334 Band-Aids used by the company per week
- 35 seconds for 16 dancers to change from leotards into dresses during Ratmansky's Namouna, a Grand Divertissement
- 5,805 Altoids consumed backstage during a year-long season
- 50 lbs of fake snow dropped during a performance of The Nutcracker
- 40 hours of corps member dance time per week
- 7 feet 7 inches: the length of Maria Kowroski's arabesque from fingertip to toe
- 4 ft average height of a male dancer's jete leap
- 18 minutes 35 seconds of the bows and curtain calls for principal dancer Wendy Whelan's farewell performance last year
- 2 days: the average lifespan of a pointe shoe
- 8,500 pointe shoes used in a season
So don't ever say ballet is for sissies unless you first walk a mile in her shoes.