Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Wolf Trap National Park
August 21, 2007
by George Jackson
copyright 2007 by George Jackson
Ballet isn’t just steps, no matter who said so. Classical dancing is also bodies, grooming and even hairdos. Personality and manners count. Accused of being elitist, of being rooted in obsolete class distinctions and wrapped in the cobwebs of history, ballet has survived. The reason is its remarkable capacity to evolve and yet conserve core values. It has adapted technically and stylistically to a changing world while remaining true to the principles of movement symmetry, clarity, balance and all the other essential traits. These standards, even when not expressed overtly, are embedded in ballet like a genetic code that registers whenever a viewer’s eye probes.