#OldBitchesattheBarre

About two years ago I decided I had to do something new. I was unhappy, feeling isolated, and fed up with what I had just accepted to be my reality. I was lazier, fatter, and sadder than I had ever been before, and I couldn’t help but wonder what the hell happened? This was a general wake-up call for me, and I began writing more, participated in NaNoWriMo, starting running regularly again, became more active in seeking out things I enjoy, and decided to pick something back up that I hadn’t had the guts to try in years: ballet.

IMG_0206 (1)I’ve always wished I continued with performance arts like acting, singing, comedy, or dance. Let me be clear, I was never good at any of these things. I’m a moderately decent musician, but that is the extend of my performance-oriented talent. Despite that, I really enjoy them. I was in drama club in high school, took voice lessons for a few years, and even gave stand-up a try in my early 20s. Ballet was something I started as a small kid and then dropped after a year or so because they suddenly wanted me to do more than twirl in my tutu. My aunt was my first ballet teacher as a kid. She herself was an incredible dancer with an impressive history, so I’m sure my yelling and screaming and refusal to do even half a barre really sat well with her.

A master of the art at a very young age

A master of the art at a very young age

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Top 9 Rage Dances… pt 1

The Rage Dance. While many wouldn’t like to admit it, these moments can be some of the most badass and emotional of all cinema. It’s the dance-centric flick’s version of the shootout, or the moment in romantic comedies where the hero realizes they need the girl back. Generally, the Rage Dance occurs during the Goddess moment, when moment in the film shifts. This isn’t always the case, but the best rage dances that carry the most weight usually occur at the end of act one or act two…natural turning points in a script.

There can be a lot of gray area in defining a proper rage dance, so let me break it down for you. A Rage Dance needs to occur after an emotionally stressful incident happens to our hero in a dance-centric film. Our hero then needs to work out her/his issues through her chosen art form. It also needs to break new ground in her dancing skills, annihilating  whatever fear and hesitation was inevitably holding her back. It kills many birds with one stone, and is heavy on the metaphor (as dance usually is).

My sister and I have danced on and off throughout our lives, and we have a profound love for dance films. We’ve seen most of them, and usually enjoy them way too much, no matter how awful they are. I decided to honor our love by listing my top Rage Dances. I drew from my vast knowledge of these films, and tried to brush up on the ones I was less familiar with, but it’s hard to see everything out there. If you know of a good rage dance that I’ve missed, please tell me in the comments. And now…my top Rage Dances in a Motion Picture:

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