Dancing is Like Real Life Poetry

4 Jul

We were so lucky that Ballet Austin opened their doors to our first session summer campers. Inspired by the dancers, our writers wrote about their “almost wings,” about how the dancers were “like a perhaps goats” doing kung-fu in the air, and about so many other graceful movements they observed. Their words remind us of the intricate connection between arts are–or, as one middle school writer said it best, “Dancing is like real life poetry!”

The Swan Dance

The bend of the arms
similar to the arching
neck of the swan’s
the pirouette like the
takeoff
from the water
their strong legs in the air
almost wings spreading wide
their toes resemble
the beak of a head pointed
down
the dancers more
like swans
that sweep themselves
up and off the water
on the floor feet are close
together
much as the swan’s wings
are folded on the water.
arching backs
arching bodies
like wings flapping in the flights
elegantly powering through
like the dancer

Evelyn, middle school summer Camp writer

Ballet Is Like a Perhaps Smoothie

—after E.E. Cummings’s “Spring Is Like a Perhaps Hand

Ballet is like a perhaps smoothie
(which comes from a smooth, delicious fruit)
dancing gracefully like a soft drink
(while spinning and turning, leaping and jumping)
twirling like a straw mixing in the cup.
Ballet is like a perhaps smoothie
(carefully finishing the dance, carefully taking the last sip)
without a choreographer or blender.

Olivia, upper elementary summer camp writer

The Silent Dances

The dove twirls in the water,
arching her neck amidst the glittering droplets.
She is repetitive, patient;
Her movements smooth as pink silk.
The dove’s flight is ethereal, spectral.
She is a character from a fairy tale,
with her feathers dancing in the wind.
Her torso twists elegantly in the autumn breeze
Swift, fast-paced, lithe.

Her eyes dart to and fro,
her face on of tight concentration.

A white fairy poised and ready.
The dove’s wings flex against the current
and her soft sigh melts with the air.

Vanessa, middle school summer camp writer

The Graceful Strength

They seem to know one another
as if old friends reuniting,
live day by day, side by side

Two different realms
and I in-between them,
the one I know best I behind me,
elegantly bending
I hear laughter
echo through the glass
the lone girl on the barre
she brushes her pink silk toe
against the silver with a swish

Elizabeth, middle school summer camp writer

Ballet Is Like a Perhaps Wind

—after E.E. Cummings’s “Spring Is Like a Perhaps Hand”

Ballet is like a perhaps wind
(which brushes gracefully against the dancer)
carrying the spirit of ballet in its breeze
(while dancers dance, spirit of the perhaps wind moving in their bones)
moving and making ballet graceful.
Ballet is like a perhaps wind
(carefully back and forth swirling gracefully)
without destroying the spirit of ballet
(which it carries with its wind).

Maya, upper elementary summer camp writer

The Shoes

The shoes that are quiet,
new in their wrapping
 
An enthusiastic dancer
slips them on
 
She twirls,
a blend of color
 
The dancer and the shoes
in perfect harmony

Emma, middle school summer camp writer

A Ballerina Is Like a Perhaps SnakeFlake

—after E.E. Cummings’s “Spring Is Like a Perhaps Hand”

A ballerina is like a perhaps snake
(which slithers across the ground)
lifting its head high
(while gracefully twirling, circling)
bending itself into shapes.
A ballerina is like a snowflake
(carefully leaping to the ground)
without hurting itself.

Celina, upper elementary summer camp writer

Music Box Dancers

Music box dancers
like captive tropical birds
in a dim gray lab

Eliza, middle school summer camp writer

Ballet Is Like a Perhaps Goat

—after E.E. Cummings’s “Spring Is Like a Perhaps Hand”

Ballet is like a perhaps goat
(which is flapping in the air)
swimming in the air
(while shoes whisper to the air)
kung fu-ing the air.
Ballet is like a perhaps goat
(carefully bouncing in the air)
without any gravity.

Saketh, upper elementary summer camp writer

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