The Three Types of Knowledge You Need to be a Fan of the Arts

The Three Types of Knowledge You Need to be a Fan of the Arts

So… I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m so pumped to teach you how to love the fine arts more than you ever knew you could. The bad news is that you have to put in the work to get there.

Sorry! (And sorry for the “sorry” – I’m Canadian, I can’t help it.) The fine arts take time to understand. Sure, there are lots of effortless ways to start being a fan of the arts, and I love to share those here and through social media. That stuff is gold, for sure. But to get to the real juiciness that is loving the arts, you’re going to have to put in some effort.

To my mind, at least, that’s a good thing. A lot of things that are quick and easy to understand and derive pleasure from are shallow. They’re not the interests, hobbies, and passions that sustain you and colour your whole life; instead, they’re reality TV and snack food (which have their time and place, but man cannot live on Love Island and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos alone).

So, what exactly do you need to learn before you can truly appreciate the fine arts? Three things. For each of the fine arts – to be a true fan – you need to develop three areas of knowledge…

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The Biggest Skill Non-Performers Can Learn From Performing Artists

The Biggest Skill Non-Performers Can Learn From Performing Artists

I’m currently reading an incredible book about, in essence, releasing the ego and stopping the voice in your head from messing everything up. It’s called Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Joe Dispenza (the bleakest title ever, I know), and it is extremely woo woo, but extremely good. And it’s got me thinking about performing artists, and the biggest skill everyone could learn from them.

Dispenza’s work is essentially about visualizing the type of person you want to be in such vivid detail that you feel it in your body. To do this, one of the essential skills you need to learn is how to be master over your thoughts and quiet down that voice in your head that talks to you all day...

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15 of the Most Famous Ballets in 2 Sentences Each

15 of the Most Famous Ballets in 2 Sentences Each

Ballet plots can be RIDICULOUSLY convoluted… but that doesn’t mean they have to be complicated. Here are fifteen of the greatest ballets of all time, boiled down into two sentences each. I mean, it’s really all you need to know!

1.     Giselle

A peasant girl falls in love with a disguised (and already betrothed) nobleman who, unsurprisingly, breaks her heart, so she goes crazy and dies. A band of supernatural revenge-seeking lady ghosts rouse her spirit, and despite her pleas to spare the bastard, they get payback.

2.     Swan Lake

A depressed prince sets off to hunt some swans, but then one of them turns into a hot babe…

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Confessions of a YouTube dance fangirl

Confessions of a YouTube dance fangirl

In positive psychology (which you might know as The Law of Attraction, or perhaps its lamer cousin The Secret), one of the foundational principles is that you cannot attract what you desire if you’re not “in alignment.”

*record scratch* (Woo woo crazy alarm goes off) What the hell does that mean?

It means you need to feel really great to have great things show up in your life, which is pretty intuitive if you’re new to this stuff. You know when you’re “on a roll” in your life, and good stuff just keeps happening to you? First you find five bucks in the pocket of your jeans, then you get an email that you got the job interview you wanted, then you run into a friend you haven’t seen in a long time, then, when you’re out for dinner with that long-lost friend, the hot bartender gives you his number. Law of Attraction. So, Law of Attraction peeps are big on finding activities that help them “get into alignment” (find the $5) in order to get to that “high vibe” state that will allow everything they want to flow to them.

Sounds good right? But how do you do it? As Law of Attraction teacher (and one of my personal idols) Jess Lively says, how you get into alignment looks different for every person… and it doesn’t have to look like meditating or walking on the beach. It can look like watching Gilmore Girls and eating a big ol’ chunk of dark chocolate with your coffee first thing in the morning. It can be taking an hour to do your hair and makeup while blasting ‘90s music because it brings you a ton of joy. It can be playing with your dog, or reading trashy magazines, or going for an extra-long run.

As Jess says, it literally can be whatever brings you so much joy you almost feel like you’re getting away with something.

I’m totally into that stuff, and one of my very, VERY favourite ways to get into alignment is to watch dance videos on YouTube…

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Do you have to have danced as a kid to be a fan of ballet?

Do you have to have danced as a kid to be a fan of ballet?

In another life, I’m pretty sure I was a ballerina. Despite being a very uncoordinated child (my parents were told, after a year of gymnastics when I was four, that perhaps I should explore other opportunities), I have always loved dance. I love to move my body to music, no matter how it looks. I have always adored the way music feels inside my body when I dance.

I studied for many years to be a professional opera singer, and my favourite part of many roles was infusing movements with character and grace. I loved to have command over my body in such a way that I could convey emotion through the subtlest gesture. To be so in the moment that an outstretched hand or glance over your shoulder feels devastating is a frickin’ rush, you guys!

I’m also pretty sure I was a ballerina in another life because I LOVE to train. My favourite part of being a singer wasn’t performing, but rehearsing. I love the rigour, the constant improvement, the self-determination and drive. I love the discipline, physical and mental.

All that being said, I have exactly zero years of real dance training…

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