As you can see in the diagram, “Bravos” means “Brava’s”. That’s because, as the story goes, a ballerina who performs in the same choreography as other dancers and sings to other dancers on stage will be called upon to show her “flair” from other dancers. It was during this time that some dancers began wearing masks, sometimes at the request of the stage manager/musician. The fact is, the ballet was invented as an entertaining piece of entertainment. However, some people actually felt that it was a way of making money, with their own personal style of dancing. (Well, that’s because they’re still around and are still making money… I mean, they even have their own style right now.) You see, one kind of “bravos” were those who “went out and danced” like the best of them, while others actually tried to perform “bravos” like a certain person. You can see this in the picture at the top of this page, where a woman (you can tell what she’s supposed to be doing since she doesn’t have any kind of mask) is doing a “bravo”. However, even some women who got called for dancing “bravos” didn’t actually do that. They were actually doing the “correct” “style of bazookas” of the time. They just used any suitable instrument to do it. Some people even believed that there was a “right” manner of bazookas, since certain women were always wearing the same kind. They also believed that a particular song, like the “Song of the Ballerina”, was meant to be performed by “Bravo” girls and that the other girls were simply not “good enough” for it. That’s why these “dancers” never got a chance to perform the song and never even got to be called “Bravos.” Why? Because the “right” way to perform song did not interest them.
However, even if that were all the reason as to why some people believed that it was necessary to wear a mask in order to be considered “bravo” (which of course, only goes to those who were actually really good at the show), that still doesn’t explain why some people still wanted to wear them. And even if it’s true, who can really claim to be a person of high art if all they do is “look nice”? I mean, is that even possible
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