There’s a comment you’ve probably heard a time or two from fans of a losing football team- “They played like they were wearing tutus!”
That was said about the Eagles after they lost to Washington last week- leading to an epic response from the people who actually wear tutus.
The Pennsylvania Ballet, on their Facebook page, noted that they’d heard that negative comparison- and that you shouldn’t sleep on the toughness and dedication of those who wear tutus professionally.
"With all due respect to the Eagles, let's take a minute to look at what our tutu wearing women have done this month,” the post said.
“By tomorrow afternoon, the ballerinas that wear tutus at Pennsylvania Ballet will have performed The Nutcracker 27 times in 21 days. Some of those women have performed the Snow scene and the Waltz of the Flowers without an understudy or second cast. No 'second string' to come in and spell them when they needed a break. When they have been sick they have come to the theater, put on make up and costume, smiled and performed. When they have felt an injury in the middle of a show there have been no injury timeouts. They have kept smiling, finished their job, bowed, left the stage, and then dealt with what hurts. Some of these tutu wearers have been tossed into a new position with only a moments notice. That's like a cornerback being told at halftime that they're going to play wide receiver for the second half, but they need to make sure that no one can tell they've never played wide receiver before. They have done all of this with such artistry and grace that audience after audience has clapped and cheered (no Boo Birds at the Academy) and the Philadelphia Inquirer has said this production looks "better than ever.”