Greetings and other proclamations on this Friday afternoon. As I enjoy my free hour of non-adulting at work, I'm using this opportunity to reflect on the global phenomenon (blog-break: whistles LL Cool J's Phenomenon) that was World Ballet Day yesterday.
Last year I posted my one mandatory ballet image to celebrate the day; I do believe I also featured four dancers in one post as well. I felt like I wanted to do more but didn't allow myself to go all out because of the following stupid reasons: (1) I'm not as well known as some of the heavy-hitters in the dance photography world, so why bother, the images would fall on deaf ears…or blind eyes…does the analogy still work???; (2) Because ballet images are picked apart and dissected and the negatives are highlighted quicker than the positives, I didn't want to pull a "Free People" or "Ciara" with posting my ballet images containing pointe shoes; (3) I was straight up lazy! L-A-Z-Y: didn't wanna do it.
This year, I wanted to go bigger (or at least do more) than the previous year. You know, post more than one image. So I dove into my collection to see what images I can post throughout the day to join in the celebration. Originally, I wanted to just do six images, you know, because social media gurus say overposting will cause actions such as unfollowers, decreased likes on subsequent posts, unusually high tides in low-laying areas, additional days in the month of February causing panic at the disco, all of that. Because I'm different I decided on nine posts (in two hour intervals) and letting the chips fall where they may. RECKLESS ABANDONMENT!!!
As the day unfolded, it was pretty awesome (1) seeing the response to the photos that I were posting on my end; (2) seeing the other images that ballet dancers were posting, dancers of different stages of their training and various ages from young to old; (3) seeing the increase in the number of ballet dancers of color. It felt pretty cool being able to participate on some level this year versus spectating last year.
Then one thing in particular happened and it capped off what was a fun World Ballet Day for me…
Black Enterprise did an online piece on World Ballet Day and Brown Girls Do Ballet; you can read the article here. In the piece they showcased some photos of brown ballerinas and to my surprise, two of my images were featured on the website,…TWO!!! I was not ready for this nor the text from one of the ladies responsible from Brown Girls saying this happened.
To sum up the day, it was an experience I won't forget. I also learned that for some things you just gotta go on ahead and do it; because you never know what you (or someone else) will get out of it. Well, that and you don't know if you'll get such an opportunity to do it again. Let's see what will happen for World Ballet Day 2016, but that's in like...oh...365 days, from today, or at least the day this was posted. Enjoy!!!