Dance, inspiring folks everywhere.http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/in-times-of-trouble-dance/1013/
Not to get too Rand-ian, but during this recession hangover, a timely lesson of dance mania is the realization that true artistry is achieved through hard work and total dedication. On the sparklefest that is Dancing with the Stars, athletically accomplished people, including football players and gymnasts, are pushed to tears by the physical demands. Clichés abound, but they ring true: there are no shortcuts, you have to trust yourself and your partner, a performance has to transcend mere technique. And if your work is not technical or formally based, you better have some solid concepts and dramatic or poetic flair. With few exceptions in dance, there is little potential for material gain. The reward is the art—at that, ephemeral—which may be how our culture is remembered a century hence.