The Dance of the Iconic Swan

by | Jan 5, 2017 | Dance Pointes | 0 comments

swan lake ballet

I am preparing for an adult ballet workshop which will include a variation from Swan Lake.  The ballet has endured for over 130 years largely due to the great music of Tchaikovsky.  The entrancing ballet pulls us into the emotional drama every time.  The spirit of the swan is matched beautifully alongside the virtues of ballet.

The setting is a moonlit night by a lake that is filled with tears.

The exact title for the white swan’s variation is Variation of Odette Moderato assai-Molto più mosso No. 13-2. (meaning for dancers that it is not quite an Allegro but almost…)  It is usually performed near the end of Act II, after the famous four swans and before the Pas de Deux. The dance is simple and short.  I have altered the choreography for this adult ballet workshop to be a balanced combination.

When I was researching the story of the ballet I found that the role is further understood by embodying the symbolic characteristics of the swan.   The white swan symbolizes light, or one’s highest self that is pure love.  For more, read the wonderful blog post by Wild Gratitude titled Spirit Animals: Serene Swan.  I think you will love it!

“She glides gracefully along the water, neck arched with her stately head held high. Her feathers couldn’t be any more white. They gleam and look so soft and so smooth to the touch. She’s often seen in this way, gliding on the mirror-like surface of a lake, but she takes to the wing too. Her enormous wingspan reaches out as if it may touch the ends of the sky and her elegant neck stretches out, long and forward venturing into the vastness of the universe.” by Stacey L.L. Couch, Wild Gratitude

There are also many YouTube videos of this variation.  Take a look here at how dancers brings their own style to the role.  The mastery of this ballet variation lies in the perpetual story of a dancer’s own “swan song”.  It can be a devotional dance of transformation.

I can’t wait to give it a try!

Swan Lake Ballet Story
JSSB Adult Ballet Winter Workshop
Taught by Nicole Ozment
January 20th- February 17th 2017
Friday 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Judith Svalander School of Ballet
83 E Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Please register by calling 815-455-2055. Class is subject to cancellation if there aren’t enough registrants. If needed, you can leave a message to let us know that you are coming!
5 week workshop: $75  Each class builds upon the prior weeks class.



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