3.13.2011

Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet

Photo Source:  Joffrey Ballet
Mj's job has monthly drawings that they can put in to win.   This time he entered to win the ballet not because he has any desire whatsoever to see a ballet but because he knew that I would love it.  He didn't expect to win but lo and behold he did and off to the ballet we went.  I rushed home and changed after work Friday then we headed downtown because we wanted to get something to eat before the show.  Mj was also interested in drinking as much as he could to help him cope with a two hour ballet performance.  We found this cool place with awesome happy hour prices.  I was able to buy one single slider for $1!  Love it.  We split some really cheap appetizers.  I had a cosmo and Mj had tequila AND  10% alcohol beer.  Then, it was a 5 minute walk to the theater.  

Everyone is so casual here but I actually think that this is the one time I didn't see anyone wearing jeans.  The wide sweeping lobby with the rich carpeting.  The tuxedoed ticket takers and the plush red seating.  That's before you even get to the dancers who are perfection and beauty in motion.   There is something about those gorgeous pink toe shoes...it's just beautiful.  There were three pieces all performed by the Joffrey Ballet Company and two intermissions.  Mj kept asking if it was over yet but I was captivated by the music and the exquisite dancing.  They make it look so easy but having taken ballet myself I know how hard it is.  Every arm placement and every leg movement must be precise.  Those tiny little flutter like frappe's are quick and small but when done badly (like I did) they look awful!  It takes so much control and flexibility.  It was nothing like the Nutcracker. It was very lyrical and a whole lot less stiff and structured from the music to the costumes and backgrounds.  There were no tutus in sight and one entire piece was done without pointe shoes.  It was cool to see something different and I really enjoyed it even if Mj just tolerated it.  We've done baseball games and football games.  It's about time we gave some attention to the arts!  But at $75 per ticket even I wouldn't have wanted to pay that much so I'm glad it was comped.  It was a great date night and as far as I'm concerned everything really is beautiful at the ballet.

10 comments :

Lil' Woman said...

Glad you had a great time....I've never seen a ballet.

Kristin said...

I keep trying to drag my husband out to a ballet for date night but so far no bueno. Sounds like you guys had a great time!

happynappybride said...

I'm not a fan of ballet, but I liked Black Swan...does that count?

jacin {lovely little details} said...

so happy you had fun!! i have always wanted to go to the ballet!

Bratzy said...

I love the ballet, am super jealous :)
glad you had fun

chelsea said...

I love the ballet! It's a good date at least once a year :)

Amy said...

So sweet of him. Going to the ballet is definitely a good experience. I just love watching the dancers because they look and move so elegantly!

Ameena said...

I used to love going to the ballet and I am suddenly inspired to take my ballet loving 6-year-old (!) to a performance. I need to get downtown more often! It's so pretty there now.

Random Musings said...

I did 12 years of ballet and actually spent summers training with the Royal Winnipeg ballet for 2 years.
It is SO HARD but so beautiful!

the hubby agreed to go to one with me we just have not gotten around to it yet!

Dancy said...

I took dance classes for 28yrs. I taught for nearly 16yrs. I almost made a career out of it. Sometimes performances can be fun but I have a confession to make: I HATE going to the ballet!!! Hate, hate it! I would've been right there doing shots with MJ. It’s incredibly boring to me. Crazy right?

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