Monday, February 13, 2012

Runway for the Ballet: I should have just worn the tights

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Halfway through the final performance at the 5th Annual Runway for the Ballet this past Saturday, I regretted dropping out of dance class. I was 8, I hated tights (and still do), and I mostly wanted to express myself through spontaneous movement rather than learn choreography. More exaggerated snapping and Ariel-like hair flips, please! Saturday, I realized that I should have shut up and done as I was told because now I would have crazy athletic integrity, a regular forum for a lot of people to pay attention to me, and the piece de resistance — a ballerina body.

Runway for the Ballet is an event to look forward to every year. It’s the perfect combination of art and fashion, culture but also partying. For those of you who are romantically attached, it makes a pretty remarkable date night. Fellas, here’s a not-so-subtle pointer; you can get some brownie points and possibly sexual favors for ponying up for tickets to this next year. For the single Charlotteans, I have to admit that it has been some time since I was in a room with so many eligible pretty people, both male and female.

Hanging out at the ballet
  • Hanging out at the ballet

In the event that you have never attended a show at the NC Dance Theatre, you are deeply remiss. The standard of both talent and choreography is nothing short of impressive, at times breathtaking. They have an upcoming show in April called Dangerous Liaisons … get your tickets. Guys, this would most likely work for the aforementioned perks (for a ful-length ballet, we may even be talking blow job here) as well.

I only have two minor complaints about the evening. Many of the fashions, provided by Neiman Marcus, lacked edge or the couture elements that you expect from a runway show. A number of the dancers/models looked like they were headed for a garden party or PTA meeting. That and the Salmon Macaroons ... pairing fish and cookies is risky, and in this particular scenario, it failed in a big way.

For more information on this event, Dangerous Liaisons, and other events at the NC Dance Theatre, visit

Megan Henshall is a project coordinator by day, favorite child, rollerskating enthusiast, blogger, and lover of all things social and under appreciated. For more writing/ramblings/rants visit

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