Saturday, January 24, 2004


I just got back from a night at the ballet, and I have a burning, unanswered question: Why are Chinese dances always choreographed in such a manner that the dancers have to keep their elbows bent and their fingers in a "we're number one" position the entire time? I've seen it done that way in every Nutcracker I've ever seen, and I saw it again tonight in Cinderella.

It just seems curious to me, because I know plenty of Chinese people, and I don't know a single one of them who walk around doing that. I tried to ask my boyfriend, but take my word for it when I tell you that a search of ballet Chinese fingers up doesn't return anything valid, pleasant, or appropriate for Internet surfers under the age of 18.

Where's a reference librarian when you need one?

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