The 10 Reasons We All Became Obsessed With Ballet in 2015
Ballet is SO many things. It's beautiful, it's brutal, it's technical, it's grace epitomized. But for so long, classical ballet has been an art form that most of us could only admire from afar — awestruck and wildly impressed, yes, but not entirely able to touch something that seemed pretty intangible. Part of the magic of dance is feeling as though you're taken to another world when you watch it, but there are so many aspects about it — athletically and otherwise — that even nondancers can appreciate and apply to their own lives.
This year, we were able to do just that. As a lover of all things ballet, watching the classic art intertwine with modern culture and become more mainstream in 2015 has been so amazing to see. From music videos of Maddie Ziegler stealing the show with her jaw-dropping skills to social media accounts like the Ballerina Project relaying the lives of dancers outside of the studio, barre classes and workouts becoming the go-to for fitness fanatics everywhere, or Misty Copeland generally slaying in all ways, we've see ballet pushed to the forefront of modern culture. We've rounded up the top 10 moments this year that prove that the old and new, the classic and the contemporary, can both benefit by mixing to make something even more special.