Polina Semionova inspires us with her dance
This is a modern-style ballet featuring Russian dancer Polina Semionova. The dance is performed in a large amphitheater, but Semionova dances with no audience. The soundtrack by Herbert Grönemeyer is both haunting and inspiring; her dance is joyous, but speaks of hard times behind her and conquered demons.
The video has been viewed almost 2.6 million times. It is most popular with women, particularly those between the ages of 13 to 24 and 45 to 54. It’s been viewed most often in Italy, but also frequently in the United States and Brazil. The video was posted on YouTube in November of 2007 and experienced a gradual increase in popularity until August 10, 2008 when it was embedded on Facebook. Popularity then increased at a much faster rate. It has received almost 6,000 ratings with an average of 4.91 stars out of 5, an incredibly high rating.
Users commented in Spanish, French, German and English to sing the praises of Semionova. Most admire her beauty and grace and their desire to dance like she does. While some feel she is too thin, others comment on her beautiful muscles. This is a beautiful video that predominantly appeals to females, but has much to offer men, as well. Semionova represents the struggle of the human condition in a way that reaches out to all races, genders and mindsets. She speaks, with her body, the need to persevere.