The video below showcases two powerhouses of grace. A ballerina and a dressage horse perform a routine that highlights the many, many hours of training both have endured in order to make their movements look as effortless as they appear below. Although the movements of the horse are enhanced through computer graphics, all of them are real movements made by trained horses in classical dressage.
Classical dressage has its roots in cavalry movements, and became refined as a classical training for aristocrats during the Renaissance and later the Victorian era. Modern dressage focuses on training the horse to perform very specific movements, all of which add up to a spectacular performance that many call a “horse ballet.” No wonder the horse in this video pairs so well with his ballerina partner!