Those Magical Women In Pointe Shoes

Ballet is a fairly ethereal art form, based as it is on the wonder of watching the human body do things that most human bodies cannot do, and even a cursory glance at the history of the form suggests a positive obsession with female characters who reflect that spooky, supernatural, and ultimately unattainable image. “The lure of the otherworldly heroine took strongest hold in the Romantic era, when ballet, like the rest of European culture, became enthralled by the gothic and the supernatural… [But] even when romanticism waned, the popularity of the ethereal, magical heroine persisted.”

Source: The Guardian (UK) - 02/19/05