i am taking a dance and culture class and i have to write a paper about a dance form so i decided on ski ballet or aka acroski. i have already started it but i was wondering if anyone has information about it ( web pages , papers , or books)i am using hot dog the movie as a resource and going to talk about the movie like a documentary so that is going to be fun. thanks
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you can talk about how it used to be an olympic sport, and now it's not. also, they changed the name from ballet to acro and made comp forms blue (they had been pink) to get more guys involved around 10 years ago. i guess it failed.
No, ballet/acro was never an Olympic discipline, although it was a "demonstration" sport in Calgary '88 and Albertville '92.
It used to be a FIS World Cup and World Championship Freestyle event, however it slowly died off as athletes ceased to do the combined even and began to specialize. FIS discontinued it entirely in 2000.
Some history relating to NS: some of Newschool skiing's pioneers were ballet (acro) skiers. Toben Sutherland was a world cup ballet skier who was also the first skier to land doubles in quarterpipes. (As a side note, I doubt that anyone who knows who Toben is would ever call him "gay").
Jonny Mosely was a combined skier until 1996/97, he used to do his ballet run to "Ice Cream Man" by Van Halen.
Some of the guys were doing flatland 1080s as well as working on double poleflips (ie, the skier would flip twice, not the poles).
You could mention that ballet skiers were featured in a James Bond movie intro (can't remember which one).
check out youtube.. I saw an acroski vid on there a while ago and there were some guys talking about how they used to do it etc in the comments.. could hit those guys for info if you can find the video again
aight not that I dig ballet but at least it is elegant. Why would you strap skis to your feet and try to dance. Surface aint flat, the boots hinder the movements and the landing looks unsmooth because the tricks have to be hucked...sure its technically impressive but they seem to contradict the physics of skiing. Im glad the eighties have passed, though I sure will bust out my dads 2.20 meter pre skis this season.