Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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The press photos for this troupe are a source of extreme delight to me each year. As dance writer Manny Mendoza says, "They say you only hurt the ones you love, so Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo must love historical dance styles and name-brand choreographers a lot. Affectionately called the Trocks by fans, these highly trained men in tutus and pointe shoes are celebrating their 40th anniversary as the Harlem Globetrotters of dance." Dudes in tutus, you can't beat that.

Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesti, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has established itself as a major dance phenomenon throughout the world. Their comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. The fact that men dance all the parts - heavy bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, or angst-ridden Victorian ladies - enhances, rather than mocks, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as the novices in the audiences.
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