I apologize for a little laryngitis. Having said that, I have always appreciated anyone who can do something at the highest level. It doesn't matter to me if it's sports, jazz or orchestral musicians, the circus or Broadway performers. I am a fan of excellence. I know how difficult and beautiful ballet is, but I never had the appreciation for it I should have, until recently.

Last summer, I was asked to join the Louisville Ballet board of directors. I love the arts, so I said yes. I was allowed to go to some rehearsals for "Romeo and Juliet" and sit right next to the stage. I was amazed at the strength, the athleticism, and the grace these dancers have. I learned how they are constantly training their bodies, working nine-hour days. If they're not dancing, they are stretching or flexing to stay nimble. They never stand still.

Coming up very soon is the Brown-Forman Nutcracker. If you haven't seen ballet in a while, or if your kids haven't, this is a perfect show for them. Enjoy the beauty and grace. Enjoy the beautiful sets. Enjoy the music played live by the Louisville Orchestra, but pay attention to the sheer athleticism of the dancers. Notice how they make their extremely difficult movements look so effortless. Look at it any way you want, and I'm sure you will be enthralled.

By the way, this year, for the first time, the Louisville Ballet is having a performance for individuals with sensory sensitivities. At this one performance, individuals will be free to vocalize, house lights will remain on at a low level, some loud sounds or startling movements are omitted, and entering and exiting the theater during the performance is allowed. I applaud this because it's important to make the arts accessible to everyone.

Get your tickets for the Nutcracker and you can thank me later.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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