Hi guys!! I took a long break and couldn’t post at all because of my studies. But now I promise I’ll try to be more regular (fingers crossed!🤞🏻).
The following poem centres around dance, something which is really close to my heart. I have made use of some words which may be unfamiliar to non-dancers. So, I am providing an explanation of what they are!
- ARABESQUE: The arabesque is a body position in which the weight of the body is supported on one leg, while the other leg is extended in back with the knee straight.
2. EN POINTE: Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes.
3. PIROUETTE: It is an act of spinning on one foot, typically with the raised foot touching the knee of the supporting leg.
4. TEARDROP BACKBEND: The name says it all. It is a variation of a backbend to form an inverted teardrop.
5. FRONT WALKOVER: A front walkover is an acrobatic movement sequence. It begins with the performer standing up straight with arms raised and positioned near to the ears. The performer then lunges forward and quickly raises one leg, with the other leg following as if transitioning to a handstand.
6. PENCHE: Penché is a classical ballet term meaning “leaning.” When a dancer is doing or in a penché they are usually bent forward over one leg with the other in arabesque well above 90 degrees.
7. FIREBIRD: The Firebird Leap is a dance leap or dance jump movement. It is classified by the dancer’s ability to bend the back leg at a 90 degree angle while keeping the front leg straight and can be done straight or turning.
WE ARE DONE WITH THE TERMS! The poem now!!
AN ORDINARY GIRL
“An ordinary girl in fancy outfits.”
An invisible label on her head.
Her journey ridiculed and hardships neglected,
Her blood now, a fierce shade of red.
Stepped on the stage with poise and grace,
Determined to unleash her true colours.
A soft start with a perfect arabesque,
En pointe back curved to the side, other.
Immersed herself in hidden emotions,
She pirouetted to the very centre.
Then bent to form a beautiful teardrop,
Tears and life, her only mentors.
Following this was a front walkover,
Which ended in a perfect split.
Swiftly got up to deliver a penche,
With a peaceful smile on her pink lips.
As the soft melody came to an end,
So did her dance, her legs bent.
Twirling once, the audience blurred,
She leapt and flew into a firebird.
A graceful arc in slow motion,
And face filled with subtle emotions.
Sitting down with one knee bent,
“An ordinary girl with extraordinary talent.”