Backstage: How Invisible Architecture Contributes to a Ballet Dancer’s Success

session / Alicia C. Raciti

When we think of ballet, we are usually thinking of art and for some people, an opportunity to catch a nap. The world of ballet is architected to allow the dancer to focus fully on their craft instead of the moments, or movement, throughout their day. The nested structure of the day’s activities plus the architecture of movement create an invisible architecture which the dancer relies on for their health and the advancement of their skill and craft.

This invisible architecture has worked so well for the dancers and companies, that it has been applied to all 6 major ballet methods used throughout the world. We will examine the architecture, how it contributes to the success of the dancers, and what we as UX designers can learn from it.