“In the third act of “Swan Lake”, the Black Swan pulls off a seemingly endless series of turns, bobbing up and down on one pointed foot and spinning around and around and around … thirty-two times. How is this move — which is called a fouetté — even possible? Arleen Sugano unravels the physics of this famous ballet move.”
TED-Ed approached Dancing Line with this video concept. What attracted us to this script was its focus on the dancer’s movement, something that we particularly enjoy doing in animation. Graceful and lively with a hint of personality – this is our forte!
Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s powerful music and after watching several ballerinas performances we tried to represent the technical material of the lesson in a lighthearted playful manner. We focused on illustrating the points made in the narration in a clear, easy to follow way without being too realistic about all the performance details not covered in this study. The idea was to make it entertaining and as broadly appealing as possible.
The video was very enthusiastically received, with over 13 million views on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TEDEducation, 9K likes and reactions, 7K shares and 2 Mln views on Youtube, becoming one of the most popular TED-Ed animated videos.