Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. I need an ice pack just thinking about this…
A ballet barre from the 1820s:
“48 pliés followed by 128 grand battement, 96 petit battement glissé, 128 ronds de jambes sur terre and 128 en l’air, and ending finally with 128 petit battement sur le cou-de-pied. One inevitable consequence of this extreme training was a sharp rise in injuries.”
– Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels, 2010, p. 129-130
Oh, and all of this was repeated in center. Yikes. Do not try at home.