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.
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)