When you watch a final performance, you see the dancers in their most polished state. Hair and makeup, costumes are sewn on tight, and they’re smiling because… apparently that’s what they’re supposed to do. This is not them at their best.
At their best, their hair is down. They’re wearing worn out old tights with their favorite slippers. They “go for it” because no one is watching, and when the restraints are off. They are at the intersection of art and athleticism. It’s a beautiful thing to watch – artistic creativity come to life.