BY CATHY INTEMANN AND EMMALY WIEDERHOLT; ILLUSTRATION BY MAGGIE STACK
Calling all ballet students! Tired of the usual ballet training at the barre, stuck in a studio all day with only mirrors to look at? Now trending: Ballet Dressage! Combine your barre and center work with “the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance.” In other words, train with the horses with the wind at your back!
Ballet’s great and all, but if you’re looking for something even more reminiscent of European elitism, combining ballet and dressage is your answer. Tired of paying for expensive lessons? Now you can pay for expensive lessons with the added expense of stable fees! You and the horses can share the joy of grueling hours and the undying thirst for perfection all in an outdoor setting!
Never done dressage before? Don’t worry about it! As long as you know a thing or two about ballet, you can practice your pirouettes and various steps involving leg lifts with horses as your classmates. The capriole – a very difficult dressage step – is kind of like a gargouillade, so you’ll be fine! Just think – you and the horses might share some tricks of the trade; soon you’ll be doing an adept leg-yield on your hands and knees as your horse friends master tombe pas de bourree!
Don’t spend any more time in the studio with stuffy bunheads; let your mane free! Be the first to join Ballet Dressage now!