5 Stars Who’ve Learnt Ballet Dancing

Posted by PZ on December 21st, 2015

Ballet dancing is notoriously difficult and not everyone can dance as gracefully as a pro. These 5 stars have all learnt how to ballet dance, some to a very high level, while others opted to train up when a role required it. Sharing their experiences, these stars have spoken on if they found it enjoyable, painful or just simply too difficult to get to grips with.

Alicia Vikander

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Alicia remembers the pain of ballet dancing more than anything else: “I push myself hard. I don’t like pain, exactly, but as a ballerina I lived in constant pain. At ballet school in Stockholm, I remember we had a locker where if someone had been to the doctor and gotten painkillers, we divided them among us. In a sense we were all addicted. After I quit dancing, for a while it felt strange not to be in pain. It was as if an old friend, not a good friend but a presence, always tagging along, had left me.”

Amber Heard
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Amber learnt ballet for her part in ‘The Danish Girl’ but admits she found it very stressful: “I send videos to my friends so I get encouragement and look for their support and everyone shoots back, ‘What’s with the claw hands?’ I look and I realise that all the stress and fear of performing had funnelled out through one thing I hadn’t yet mastered.”

Mila Kunis
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Mila learnt how to dance for her role in ‘The Black Swan’ but says she never wants to do it again because it was so painful: “The first time I put on a pointe shoe, I screamed. I will never dance again. It was the hardest thing I’ve done.”

FKA Twigs
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FKA Twigs enjoyed her ballet training but knew it wasn’t her destiny: “I did enjoy it, but I always knew that my body wasn’t made to do that. I have flat feet, curvature in my spine, I can’t do some things that ballet requires you to do, but I can jump high because my Achilles are long, and that’s an aspect of my heritage.”

Zoe Saldana
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 Zoe says ballet dancing taught her discipline: “Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centred me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”







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