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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Red Roses

Wonderful Wednesday Red Roses

Today is National Red Roses Day, and that made me wonder about the tradition of giving a bouquet of flowers (often red roses) to a ballerina at the end of the performance.

It turns out that this goes back as far as the history of ballet itself. According to https://www.1800flowers.com/blog/flowers-in-art/dance-flowers/: “In the 1930s, dancers were not paid very well so fans would send flowers and other gifts as a sign of praise.”

Most dancers are familiar with the associated tradition of the ballerina removing a single flower from her bouquet, kissing it, and presenting it to her partner.

The same website lists other flowers in addition to roses and their meanings:

PinkPink roses are indicative of elegance, grace, and admiration.  This is especially a good option for youthful or younger dancers.
Lavender: Though hard to find, lavender roses represent creativity, openness, and enchantment.
YellowYellow roses convey joy, affection, and are a great tribute to friendship.
Red: A classic red rose symbolizes love and beauty and will remind your dancer how much you love them.

So during this season of end-of-the-year performances, you now know the meanings of the flowers you are given.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21zz:
“The tradition of a ballerina receiving flowers goes back centuries.”

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Quote of the Day:
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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