Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet

Opus Osm

Veronika Iblová instructs Sam in Body Form. Her method starts literally from the ground up to build a dancer's posture and muscles.


Another in the Opus Osm series “Man Walks into a Barre,” in which an ordinary, untrained, and thoroughly unsuspecting person agrees to take a one-hour lesson in classical music or dance.

Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet

I am not, it has to be said, an obvious candidate for ballet class.

Beyond leisurely walks, a weekly swim, and the occasional tennis match, I live a basically sedentary life, commuting from one computer to another.

If I dance at all, it’s usually in a drunken wedding-reception frenzy: spasmodic from the waist down, largely immobile from the waist up.

Not only can I not touch my toes, I can’t even get close.

Opus OsmBut while I may not be physically flexible, I’m willing to try new things.

So when my editor mentions she’s looking for someone to write a first-hand account of a ballet lesson, I impulsively agree to give it a go…

This is the beginning of our longer article, with videos, which you can find by clicking on the black, “Other Side of the Curtain” tab at the top of the page.

Photo Credits: Photos and videos: Miroslav Setnička

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