July 19, 2012

get your tutu on.

I think probably most little girls want to be a ballerina at some point. Angelina Ballerina nurtured my desire to dance. I wasn't a little white mouse, but I was a little girl who thought she had some serious prima ballerina potential. 

Then I grew to be over six feet tall. No ballet man wants to do lifts with a girl who's over six feet tall. Ballet man? Is that even a proper term? Probably not. Having been shunned from the land of ballet, my tall sisters and I stuck to doing our own versions of arabesques in our living room to the techno beats of our Hooked on Classics record. 

My dancing skills never quite reached the level of Angelina Ballerina. I'm okay with that. I'll just draw ballerinas instead. Voila! The first five positions -- the only ballet positions I actually ever learned. I think they're correct. If not... well... don't use these as guidelines if you're learning to be a real ballerina. That's all. 


  1. Ah yes, the challenges of being a six foot tall amazon...
    Those pictures brought me back to the days when I would read and read and read my book "The Silver Ballet Slippers" (the one with the necklace) and wish I could just live in that book!

  2. Your positions are absolutely correct and these illustrations are so adorable!!! I'll have to show them to my niece. She is crazy for ballet!

  3. these are amazing, great work!