Sounds a lot like golf, doesn't it? Show me a well-oiled smooth swing and I will show you someone who has spent a very long time perfecting their craft. No doubt it is the same for a principle in a ballet.
And if you think it through, is the golf swing not a carefully choreographed dance step that we all spend a lifetime trying to master?
Texas Ballet Star Compares His Art To...Golf
This may be a first, but Eddy Tovar (pictured at left), the gifted Cuban dancer starring for Texas Ballet Theater, compares the art form at which he excels to golf.Tovar sounds to me like a thoughtful and intelligent man, the kind of fellow that would be fun to get to know as a friend. While I may prefer a root canal to another night at a ballet (yes, I've been to more than a few, but that's another story) it seems to me that Tovar is less a prima donna than a decent guy whose life work is incredibly difficult, and one whose hobby is equally challenging. That sort of person is invariably interesting.
That’s right, golf.
"You get frustrated. Very frustrated," he said, before a recent rehearsal. "It can be hard, very hard, but it can also be . . . amazing."
Like a golfer who finally reaches a breakthrough on the fairway or green, "you suddenly find in yourself something you never did before. And once you know your body, your movements, how you dance, ballet can finally become . . . easier. But it’s always challenging. It never stops being challenging. You know, like golf."
Those who see Tovar, 27, in The Nutcracker, which begins its Bass Hall run Friday, would undoubtedly commend his gift of making it look as easy as sinking a 30-foot putt. His athleticism is evident as he masters one of the key roles in Tchaikovsky’s ballet, the Prince.
Best of luck to you on-stage this weekend, Eddy.