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So much for WordPress… July 26, 2016

Filed under: ballerina,ballet,Varna — theworstat @ 7:09 pm

I suppose I could hang around and try to figure out “the new” WordPress, but since I’ve been away they’ve changed things quite a bit and it’s become almost impossible to use.  I am coming back, finally — but I will take a few days to decide whether or not it will be on WordPress.  This new format…well, everything’s a secret.  You have to hunt a million years just to find a way to make a post.

Meantime, I note that Joy Womack has made the third round at Varna.

Ah, Varna…I’m never sure why they hold that competition.  Awards are often not given at all, which is either good or bad depending on what you think a competition is for.  I’m of two minds on this: (1) no awards — okay, you’re telling everyone that the quality of dance sucks; (2) why are you wasting your time and your competitors’ time if you won’t give out any awards.  If your noses are so high up in the air, why not give a booby prize to the worst dancer?

Plus, the competition has only given out ONE Grand Prix in its entire existence.  This was to a male dancer, which makes me think that no female will ever win the GP.  Standards are much higher for women in ballet, after all.

I don’t expect that Womack will come close to winning any kind of Grand Prix, but I’ll be watching to see if she medals.  Although she’s a prima ballerina, she is very, very young and has a lot to learn.  I feel she may have been better off leaving Varna for a future date.

Her dancing nowadays is lovely (albeit with continuing turnout struggles), and her technique apparently strong; both are huge improvements from the last time I posted about about her.

For instance, her entry in the warhorse Le Corsair pas de deux is breathtaking.  Most ballerinas — even the international superstar variety — look like bouncy little ponies when trying to quickly bouree over the immense space between the stage-entry point and the partner; Womack, on the other hand, positively floated in the one video she posted.

However she pauses between phrases rather than dancing through them, kind of like a gymnast starting a tumbling run.  She doesn’t sing or flow. That’s not to say she can’t, but right now she doesn’t.  I’d call it a youthful error; the legato style usually comes later.

That’s what I’m picking up from her videos.  To me, that’s a major problem…but maybe it isn’t so evident in real life.  Varna may be a good way to tell.  But again, is she doing herself any favors by entering now?

Anyway, I’ll be trying to find my way around WordPress in the coming days and if I can’t, will move this blog elsewhere.