La Fille Mal Gardée – Roberta Marquez & Steven McRae – Ribbon pas de deux

I liked this dance a lot because I thought it was super fun but also very skilled at the same time. This dance is very “cutesy” but it also shows that the two like each a good deal. In comparing this ballet with Romeo and Juliet, I would definitely say that it is more fun and vibrant whereas Romeo and Juliet is more dark and dramatic. I didn’t really like either of the two ballets more than the other, I like each of them for different reasons. Going back to La Fille Mal Gardee, I really like that this dance used the ribbon, I thought that it added a little something extra to the dance. I also thought it was really cool how they made the design with the ribbon, it probably took a lot more focus to do that.

Aislin Sheffield


3 thoughts on “La Fille Mal Gardée – Roberta Marquez & Steven McRae – Ribbon pas de deux

  1. I love how playful and fun this scene is! It’s so different from what we watched in Romeo and Juliet–this is such a contrast from its dark, haunting theme. I agree with Aislin on that point, and also how the ribbon enhanced the dance. It was such a cool touch to see how the pair interacted, in turn creating clever ribbon work. This scene shows how much the characters like each other; they’re so delicate and cute, showing their budding romance through dance.

    Kelsey Haywood

  2. This is my favorite scene to watch! It is so unique and unexpected, as most wouldn’t expect to see intricate partner work with ribbons in the middle of a ballet. This dance must have been so challenging to learn; if one of the two makes a tiny mistake, the whole ribbon portion of the dance could be messed up. This scene too, though, is refreshing to see, just like the clogging routine. The ribbon provides another aspect to focus on other than just dancing, providing a nice break from the usual ballet style.

    Lana Rakestraw

  3. I love this scene! Everyone has said this, but I really do love how playful and light it is. This Lise and Colas also do a great job of displaying their affection for each other. For instance, I adore that part toward the end when they face each other from opposite sides of the stage with hands on their hearts and have an exchange as if to say “I love you.” “No, I love YOU.” So cute. Not to mention the obvious beauty and creativity of the ribbon. It is not only a prop but also acts as almost a part of the set. Gorgeous!

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