Monday Minstrel: The Ballet Dancing Horse.

When Coach Doug, who leads the online Eldergym classes, learned I was a dressage rider he sent me this cartoon. Ah yes, the ballet dancing horse en pointe, and I hope I don’t look as fearful as this rider .

But can you imagine my surprise when the 2021 US Dressage Federation Member Guide arrived! Look at the cover!

“Dapples” by Callie O’Connell, Grand Prize winner, of the 2020 USDF, Arts Contest Photography Division 16-21

I looked up what Wikipedia had to say about the technique of dancing en Pointe .

Pointe technique (/pwænt/pwant[1]) is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. Pointe technique encompasses both the mechanical and artistic aspects of pointe work. In particular, it is concerned with body alignment, placement of the feet and the manner in which a dancer transitions to and from en pointe. 

So, the important similarities with Dressage are that the “classical” technique is featured and the look; alignment, placement, and transitions are of prime importance. Wikipedia also goes on to say that dancers must have reached an age where they have sufficient development of their bones and muscles to do the advanced en pointe work. Just as horses can only perform the advanced movements of dressage when they are old enough and strong enough.

So the ballet pointe shoes are not such a far fetched analogy for the dancing horses of dressage.


10 responses to “Monday Minstrel: The Ballet Dancing Horse.”

  1. cagedunn Avatar

    It’s all in the dance! And ballet and dressage are beautiful and graceful and artistic because of the technicalities of the dance.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you for this good observation. You have got it right!

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  2. Simply Splendid Food Avatar

    I can sort of imagine this ballet routine. 💖 Have you seen any videos that come close to this technique? 💖

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      I have seen ballet live and also horses doing dressage live. No pointe shoes for horses obviousl

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      1. Simply Splendid Food Avatar

        YES! I have seen it live myself. Just wondering if you could recommend a good video..I would like to see … since we are somewhat restricted these days. Thank you! 💖

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        1. anne leueen Avatar

          For horses search You Tube for Valegro and Totilas. Valegro was ridden by British rider Charlotte Dujardin. See if you can find her freestyle ride in London Olympics 2012. For Totilas look for him with his rider Edward Gal at Olympia ( London) .Another one for fun is Isabel Werth from Germany riding at New York’s Central Park. Her freestyle has music by David Bowie.

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  3. Lesley Avatar

    I love the cartoon. 😀

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  4. The Backyard Horse Blog Avatar
    The Backyard Horse Blog

    That is a fun coincidence with the drawing and the guide! All very clever.

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed it.


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