Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This is it....the 'BEAUTIFUL ILLUSION' video is now finished!

It is a video to display both sides of ballet...the beauty and pain. Throughout the ballet there are four different sections focusing in on the foot/ankle, knee/hip, spine and shoulder/elbow showing all the possible injuries you can get as a dancer. The red dots signify pain and flash on and off when the dancer experiences pain in that certain area of the body. Hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to Aaron Buckley and Jessica Taylor for filming and editing the short film!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Beautiful Illusion (Rough Cut 1) filmed and edited by Aaron Buckley and Jessica Taylor

Beautiful Illusion (Rough Cut 1) from Aaron M. Buckley on Vimeo.

Nike JUST DO IT dancer vs ballerina ad 

Ballet is no longer the boring and old fashioned dance form but is being recognised by many as an inspirational and aspiring art form thats in 'Vogue' and even Nike are among the many that are using ballet as a way to promote themselves!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Veronique Doisneau 4 

Jerome Bel made this piece for the corps de ballet dancer of the Paris Opera ballet Veronique Doisneau. This film has been done during her last performance of this piece.


She shares her life as a ballet dancer...sharing personal facts and feelings about her dancing career.

  A touching and interesting take on displaying what real ballet is...seeing it in a different light and a very personal veiw point. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011



Slow Motion Ballet Test from Aaron M. Buckley on Vimeo.

A rough edit of the slow motion test footage for the Beautiful Illusion Ballet Film. Shot at 50fps on the Canon 550D and then conformed to 25fps in Cinema Tools.
Credits - Aaron Buckley and Jessica Taylor.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The 'Beautiful Illusion' of light hitting the moving body tin relation to the haunting sounds.

Rise and Fall 

Sylvie Guillem - Two (Rise and Fall)


Beautiful you say...!
Personal image.


The ankle joint connects the lower leg to the foot and, in dance, allows for pointing the toe (plantar flexion) and flexing the foot during pliĆ© (dorsiflexion). The ankle also allows for inversion and eversion, producing turn-in and turn-out, respectively. The 26 bones in the foot work in concert with ligamentous support and muscular force to create three separate arches, critical for shock absorption during jumps. Structurally, the ideal foot for ballet is considered to be a flexible “square foot”, which has equal-length first and second toes. - Information from...

The foot has the largest number of bones in comparison to the rest of the body and so is very prone to many injuries. Dancers feet are one of the most important parts of the body, if we get problems with our feet or ankles we defiantly know about it!! 
Here's a list of all the dance injuries you can get in the foot and ankle;

Personal work.
  Not so beautiful now! 

This is a great example of 'The Beautiful Illusion.' Ballet is such a beautiful art form and my personal opinion even more beautiful to dance! However, this is what the professional ballet dancer faces in day to day life, the pain behind the beauty! You can see just how prone the body is too injuries and how ballet can really push the body to extremes!

Here is a list of all the dance injuries for the foot and ankle with comments of what the injury can feel like;

Dancer's Fracture - "I landed badly from a jump and now it hurts to walk."
Sesamoiditis - "I have pain underneath my big toe, particularly while walking without shoes."
Hallux Valgus and Bunion - "My big toe points inward and is painful."
Hallux Rigidus - "I have pain with full releve."
Plantar Fasciitis - "My foot hurts when I walk barefoot, especially first thing in the morning."
Metarsalgia - "I have pain over the balls of my feet."
Achilles Tendinitis - "My heel and lower calf hurt, particulary while running or jumping."
Trigger Toe/FHL Tenosynovitis - "My big toe 'clicks' and gets caught' sometimes. I have to use my hands to release it."
Posterior Impingement Syndrome - "I have pain with pointing my foot with releve."
Anterior Impingement Syndrome - "I cant achieve full plie on one side. And when I do, it's painful."
Lateral Ankle Sprain - I rolled my ankle during class and heard a 'pop' sound."

So quite a few problems there! I have personally experienced three of these, the Hallux Valgus/bunion, Metatarsalgia and Achilles Tendinitis. I remember such stiffness and continuous pain with Achilles couldn't do anything to escape the pain but still had to continue on dancing. I think that's the problem with most dancer's injuries, we start off with slight pain but ignore it and carry on dancing anyway. This then makes our niggles and pains grow into bigger problems in which we still continue dancing on. Then we end up where we are forced to stop because the problem has become to great and in many cases holts our career and ultimately can result in retirement due to that injury. 

If you have any comments or stories about dancers injuries or injuries in general please feel free to share them on here! Would be great to hear your story! :-)