Ballet is not anatomically correct.
William Forsythe (via theballetblog)
If you think about it, all other sports are in tune to evolution. They promote things like running, swimming and throwing-things that helped us escape predators long ego. But there is nothing that tells us as humans to lift our leg over our heads or turn on the tips of our toes.
This is one of the many reasons why I think that ballet is on such a higher level than other sports- we have to go against what our body naturally strives for.
Um, what? Dance has an evolutionary function: displaying physical attributes to future mates. Strength, stamina and flexibility are absolutely the kind of qualities that would help you escape predators and look after your offspring, and dance allows you to show them off succinctly. Many animals and birds dance for the same reason. There might not be a specific reason for some of ballet’s movements (like standing on your toes) but then the same could be said for dressage. Or diving. Or pole vault. Or gymnastics. Or figure skating … I mean I could really go on and on here.