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Announcing “En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon”

10 May

I’ve always been in awe of ballet dancers. The commitment, the grace, the appearance of effortlessness and weightlessness, the total control of every muscle that is moved, the power and yet the beauty. I’ve always thought of ballet dancers as occupying a position at the peak of physical prowess and dance.

In that spirit, I am delighted to announce – in conjunction with Love Letters to Old Hollywood – “En Point: The Ballet Blogathon!” And I am so grateful to Michaela for co-hosting with me!

The blogathon is devoted to all-things ballet related on film. Anything balletic at all. A film that features a ballet, a film about ballet dancers, filmed-versions of actual ballets. Any movie from any period at all, as long as it contains something about ballet.

We are also making an exception and allowing reviews of Esther Williams and Ice-skating. We only ask that you emphasize the ballet side of those films.

When:  August 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2017

Update: an extra day has been added to the blogathon, August 6th

Rules: Because of the diversity of ballet films and topics available, we are only allowing two people to write about any given film.

To sign-up, simply leave us your blog name, blog address, and the film or topic you wish to cover in the comments section below. On either of the two days of the blogathon, all you have to do is provide either Michaela or me a link to your post and we will add it to our completed list of posts. Also, please feel free to grab one of the banner found below (created by my good friend Andrea from Into the Writer Lea) and help us advertise the event.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me or Love Letters to Old Hollywood. I will be so excited to read everyone’s contributions. I always come away from a blogathon with my horizons expanded…as well as my to-watch list.

Participants 

Love Letters to Old Hollywod – Shall We Dance (1937) and Ten Favorite Water Ballets from Esther Williams

Christina Wehner – A Winter’s Tale (Royal Ballet, 2015) and “The Jealous Lover” from A Story of Three Loves (1953)

Into the Writer Lea – The Glass Slipper (1955)

Caftan Woman – The Mad Genius (1931)

Thoughts All Sorts – Ballerina (aka Leap) (2016)

Cinematic Scribblings – The Red Shoes (1948)

Blogferatu – The Black Swan (2010)

Reelweegiemidget Reviews – The Black Swan (2010)

Life’s Daily Lessons Blog –  Song of Scheherazade (1947)

Cary Grant Won’t Eat You – Center Stage (2000)

Taking Up Room –  Save the Last Dance (2001) and An American in Paris (1951)

 Critica Retro – Never Let Me Go (1953)

An Ode to Dust – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood – On the Town (1949)

The Movie Rat – Dreams in Suspiria (1977), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (1993) and Billy Elliot (2000)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society – Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Screen Life – The Turning Point (1977)

The Midnite Drive-In – White Nights (1985)

Silver Scenes – The Unfinished Dance (1947) and Russian Ballet Films of the 1940s-1960s

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews – Limelight (1952)

Movies Silently –  A Dancer’s Peril (1917)

Top 10 Film Lists – The Red Shoes (1948)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Never Let Me Go (1953)

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest – Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Les Uns et Les Autres (1981)

The Dream Book Blog – Greta Garbo in Grand Hotel (1932)

Sat in Your Lap – On the Town (1949) and The Pirate (1948)

Anybody Got a Match? – Silk Stockings (1957)

Crimson Kimono – Exposed (1983)

Diary of a Movie Maniac – Dancers (1987)

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43 responses to “Announcing “En Pointe: The Ballet Blogathon”

  1. Erin

    May 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Could I have The Red Shoes? (Terribly obvious, I know.) My blog is Cinematic Scribblings: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com Thank you!

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  2. Blogferatu

    May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, you know I have to do Black Swan on Blogferatu
    https://blogferatu.com/

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  3. Realweegiemidget

    May 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hi, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews here, can I also review Black Swan (2010) https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/

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  4. Katrina Morrison

    May 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Christina
    I want to do Song of Scheheazade (1947) with Yvonne De Carlo….I haven’t seen I it in a long time. I know dance and classic music is part of the story line. I hope this is okay. 😊
    https://wordpress.com/posts/lifelessonsweb.me

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  5. rebeccadeniston

    May 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Christina! This looks like a cool idea. I’d like to do “Save the Last Dance” and “An American In Paris,” if that’s OK.

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  6. Nicole

    May 11, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hello! May I write about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)?
    My blog: https://anodetodust.wordpress.com/

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  7. bernardovillela

    May 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Going to run the idea of a trio of films linked by the concept of dreams by you: Suspiria (1977, Dir. Dario Argento), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (1993, Dir. Emile Ardolino) and Billy Elliot (2000, Dir. Stephen Daldry). Thoughts?

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  8. cottagecaretakersyahoocom

    May 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    My name is Tiffany Brannan, and I am the authoress of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society at https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com. I would like to write about “Hans Christian Andersen” from 1952 with Danny Kaye. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Yours Hopefully,
    Tiffany Brannan

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    • christinawehner

      May 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Tiffany,

      I’m so glad you can join us! Hans Christian Andersen is such a great choice (I’ve been thinking recently that I need to see that one again). I’ll be eager to read your post on it!

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  9. Vivian

    May 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hi, I’d like to write about The Turning Point (1977) for this. I blog at Screen Life http://moviescreenlife.wordpress.com Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

     
  10. Constance Rose Metzinger

    May 23, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Ooh, I see no one has snagged “The Unfinished Dance” yet. May I write about that film? Also, could you put me down for a post on Russian ballet films of the 1940s-1960s?

    Liked by 1 person

     
  11. Movies Silently

    May 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Hi there, I’d like to sign on to cover A Dancer’s Peril from 1917, if that’s okay. I’m at moviessilently.com. Thanks so much!

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • christinawehner

      May 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      That sounds great! Am definitely looking forward to learning about it!

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  12. kebma2424

    May 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I would love to be th second in on The Red Shoes if it’s still available

    Liked by 1 person

     
  13. tammayauthor

    June 29, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hi there! I know I’m jumping in late but I’d love to join the blogathon. I’d like to do my post about Greta Garbo’s character in Grand Hotel (1932), since her character is a ballet dancer. Hopefully, this will work for you!

    Tam May
    The Dream Book Blog
    https://thedreambook.wordpress.com/

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  14. Dan Akira (@CrimsonK1959)

    July 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I was late hearing about this. I’d like to cover EXPOSED (1983) starring Rudolf Nureyev.

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  15. cottagecaretakersyahoocom

    August 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Here is my article on “Hans Christian Andersen:” https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/hans-christian-andersen-a-teller-of-stories-and-maker-of-point-shoes/. I hope your blogathon is a great success!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

    Liked by 1 person

     

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