Despite what your annual Nutcracker performance might portray, behind the graceful facade and finesse of ballet are literal blood, sweat and tears. And for those who may feel like its not a sport, PUMA wants to change your mind with its En Pointe collection, created in collaboration with the prestigious New York City Ballet.
And what better way to showcase the sheer tenacity of the performing art than by inviting its soloist, Unity Phelan, to lead a gruelling ballet-inspired workout in Singapore.
Decked out in PUMA’s En Pointe gear, the sprightly ballerina conducted the class with such poise and elegance that we would never have guessed she landed earlier that morning.
The collection — a fusion of athleticism and femininity — showcases wide straps, woven details and an amalgamation of pleated and ribbed textures for structure. Then there’s the colours; a delicate mix of muted colours — to show the long lines of the body — on satin fabrics make the entire collection wearable no matter the occasion.
And as a ballerina whose body is of utmost importance to the art, Phelan keeps her body in top form by swimming or hitting the elliptical machine. “So much of ballet is maintenance,” she mused. “Human beings aren’t meant to do ballet; it’s not natural and doesn’t feel right. You’re not supposed to be able to put your legs in that position, you’re not supposed to touch your toes to your head — it’s not anatomically correct. Which is why so much that we do is to prevent injury. Working out isn’t so much as a way to keep fit for me because I’m dancing all day, but more for preventative measures.”
Despite her long, lean, and quite frankly, to-die-for physique, her active schedule allows her to eat anything she wants. Yes, that includes her favourite cookies, ice cream and sweets.
While ballet is notorious for being an exceptionally physically and mentally demanding performance art which requires unnatural contortions, Phelan is keen to point out that everyone can incorporate ballet into their regular workout routine too. These five moves not only lengthen your muscles while toning them, but will also improve coordination. Besides, we could all use a bit more grace while trying to keep fit.
The PUMA En Pointe collection is available in all Singapore outlets and online today.