25 Life Lessons I Learned From Ballet - #18
Beyond the arabesques and grand jetés, ballet is an abundant source of priceless life lessons. With the rigorous training and intense discipline it requires, ballet can teach one how to deal with pressure, disappointments, challenges, and ultimately, success. On her 25th anniversary as a professional dancer in 2009, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde took the time to list down 25 key lessons she learned from ballet and which she felt both dancers and non-dancers can apply in their own lives. This series shares those enduring nuggets of wisdom – one lesson at a time.
By Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
18. Smile! Laugh! Have a sense of humor. Dancing has to look effortless. Most often, I smile in order to mask the effort. But it’s important to be able to smile – onstage or off – because yes, it’s a proper disguise to the effort and can be very convincing to you and everyone else.