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See a Ballet
The costumes in a professional ballet are absolutely breathtaking. It doesn't matter what ballet it is, whether it's Swan Lake (just take a look at what Natalie Portman sported, after all) or The Nutcracker. The costumes are decadent and stylish and gorgeous, and their dramatic factor helps make the show absolutely incredible.
Music is, of course, hugely important in the ballet, and it is as beautiful as you would thus imagine. The music in the ballet for Faust tells the story along with the dancers, so you feel like you are making a Faustian pact yourself. The music for The Sleeping Beauty, from the Lilac Fairy to Puss in Boots to Rose Adagio, makes you think of fairy tales and happy endings. It's soaring and soul searing and amazing.
Some of the most famous ballets are based on fairy tales. The Sleeping Beauty is one, Peter Pan has been turned into a phenomenal ballet, Coppelia is all about magic. Just about every ballet has magic somewhere in it, and when you're watching the performance, you feel that magic. It's incredible. That, too, makes you feel like part of the story.
Dedication like that takes passion, and talent like that manifests passion. When you see two dancers together, performing opposite each other, you don't doubt that they're crazy about each other and in love with the dance. It just is. It's a fact of life, something you can't possibly doubt.
Every ballet is different. Each one is unique. Even if you see the same ballet with a different company, something about the choreography will be changed because each ballerina and danseur seeks to make their parts their own in some way. It makes for a unique and one of a kind experience every time you see a new performance.