I am getting so sick of perusing the blogs this morning and see article upon article devoted to the dancer stand-in for Natalie Portman claiming that Nat didn't do much dancing in the film. While I understand the concern since so much of her Oscar campaign was about the amount of training/dancing she did, this shouldn't take away from the performance OR the film. The film is about the ballet world, yes, but very little of the film is about the dancing. The whole film is about Nina and her slow descent into insanity by her quest for perfection. Does that sound like it involved scene upon scene of dance? Even though my favorite scenes in the film have dance, the film as a whole comes together with those moments which aren't about dancing. Those moments? There's no stand-in for Natalie Portman.