How I Learned to Like Ballet (Being Married to a Professional Ballet Dancer) – A Primer on Ballet

(CC) Randy Stewart,

(CC) Randy Stewart,

Last night I got to give a presentation at Ignite Seattle 7 titled “How I Learned to Like Ballet (being married to a professional ballet dancer)” – here’s the abstract for the talk:

“Often times we see talks about how spouses deal with being married to geeks and startup jocks, now its time to turn the tables. This is a talk on what I’ve learned about ballet and how to appreciate it being married to a former professional ballerina. Hopefully you too will be able to tell the difference between a first and fifth position and a Plié vs. a Passé. Even a geek can learn to love classical dance.”

And here are the slides:

For those not famaliar Ignite is an event where speakers present on a variety of topics using a very proscriptive presentation format – 20 slides, 5 minutes with the slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds.

It was estimated that over 700 came out to event and I hope everyone enjoyed my talk and had a great time.  I look forward to speaking again (this was my second time).  Even as someone who has given 100′s of talks in my career, this is by far one of the toughest venues.  Part talent-show for grown ups and part performance art, it’s a lot of fun to try and impart wisdom, humor and information in just 5 minutes.

Thanks to Brady, et al. for organizing the event and til next time!

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2 Responses to How I Learned to Like Ballet (Being Married to a Professional Ballet Dancer) – A Primer on Ballet

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  2. Elise says:

    Hi, thanks for posting about this – very interesting !

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