Igone de Jongh has been a Principal Dancer at the Dutch National Ballet for years. I read an interview with her. She's now 37 years old and says that her body gets stiffer. She's worried that one day she will have to stop dancing. I immediately thought: She would be a great yogi.
No doubt ballet and yoga have some things in common: they both make you flexible and strong. You are working with your body. But ballet is a form of art. And you have to perform, you have an audience. It is a job. And I think it has this ego thing. As a ballet dancer, you need to show your body. And you need to show off your body.
I used to dance. (Ha, I still dance. In my living room and the one occasion a year I go to a club.) I took many ballet lessons in my life: classic ballet, jazz, modern dance. I was a substitute street dance teacher for a year and I taught kids cool moves. When I was young, my dream job was to be a Janet Jackson's background dancer. I still love to watch dancers. Especially Madonna's dancers, she has talented ones with great charisma. And Michael Jackson did too.
This morning when I practiced, I was still in a dancing mood. And I noticed getting into the postures more gracefully than before. I liked it. I remember I once said: There are two types of people in this world: The ones who dance and the ones who don't.