Making my pointe

January 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm 5 comments

New year, new obsession: I went to see Black Swan last week, and I’m now reaching levels of interest in ballet unacceptable for a 32-year-old who can’t stand in fifth position for more than 30 seconds.

You’ve probably heard about how star Natalie Portman trained for a year, lost 20 pounds and broke a rib as she prepped for the psychological thriller about a ballerina who starts to lose her mind when she nabs the lead role in Swan Lake. Or maybe you know the mild scandal about Portman being pregnant and newly engaged to Benjamin Millepied, her partner in the film. Or maybe you’ve just been creeped out by the trailers, which are pretty damn spooky. Good reasons to go see it, all.

Me? I’m in love with the clothes. And because it’s lame to dress like a ballerina without actually being a ballerina, I’m now thinking about taking a class or two just so I can rock the look. (Note: This is probably also lame, but in a different way.) Can you blame me?

The design house Rodarte created some pieces for the film, and while I was blown away by the intricate stage costumes, I am lusting after the knitwear Portman wears during the rehearsal scenes. One arm warmer in particular, crafted in Rodarte’s signature open knit, is my favorite. (I can’t find any photos of it online, but it’s very similar in style to the scarf Portman wears throughout the flick.)

For a girl who loves dance movies, something like this is bound to happen every few years. The last time, it was Save the Last Dance, which led to weeks of baggy-pantsed, adult-ed hip-hop classes. When that went well, I convinced my friend, Heather, to sign up for six weeks of beginner ballet.

We had to wear tights. The instructor was insane. I couldn’t do anything right. I don’t even think I attended the final class. And when I texted Heather the other night, our conversation went something like this:

ME: Remind me how much I hated ballet class.

HEATH: Are you thinking about doing another one???

ME: Thinking about maybe.

HEATH: Just remember: leotards.

ME: And turnout. That sucked.

HEATH: I tell myself that no amount of ballet will make me look like Natalie Portman.

That’s true in my case, too. But in the name of shaking things up in 2011, I’ve vowed to try new things. (And old things that I think I hate, just to make sure that I really, truly hate them.) Plus, mixing up workouts keeps me interested, and possibly less injured than normal, and that’s always a good thing. But if you see me in a few weeks and I look like this…

… you may want to gently suggest that my toeshoes are laced a little too tightly.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maggie [The Freckled Citizen]  |  January 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Black Swan! Just. So. Good.

    As for ballet, my good friend Kate is hoping to start a ballet regime as well with Pure Barre: I’m sure she’ll report back on her first class, so check in on her… NYC’s gotta have something like this, yes? I mean, if DALLAS does… 😉

    • 2. kimberlyroots2009  |  January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

      So cool! I know there’s a few programs in New York like the one Kate is doing. I had been thinking about going to Broadway Dance Center, but now I’m thinking maybe I’ll try this. Thanks!

  • 3. Sonya  |  January 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I am so glad to know that there are others like me out there! I loved everything about the movie and the clothes were awesome. I could do without the shredded toenails though 🙂 If you ever find the arm warmer pic please post.

    What do you think of the New York City Ballet workout video?

    My own ballet inspired fashion crave? The Brigitte Bardot Ballerina flat in red.

    • 4. kimberlyroots2009  |  January 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Those shoes are fantastic. Can we find knockoffs anywhere? 🙂

  • 5. Carmie of the Single Nester  |  January 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I fell in love with her scarf in the movie and would love to own it.


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