Syracuse City Ballet’s upcoming production of the classic fairy tale and much-beloved ballet Swan Lake promises to balance artistry and athleticism in a staging that will be the region’s first since the company last performed it in 2004.
Dancers must display incredible athleticism in all ballets, of course, especially when dancing en pointe. The 26 bones (the feet contain 25% of all the bones in the body) and more than 100 muscles of the feet must support leaps, turns and other complex movement, all while the dancer is balanced on the tip of her toes.
But Swan Lake is particularly demanding regarding the technical skill and athleticism of the dancers, even those in the corps de ballet. Some dancers must hold uncomfortable positions, remaining perfectly still, for u