Tulip Posted May 6, 2013 Share Posted May 6, 2013 I am shocked, my daughters friend has posted a photograph of one of her student friends, looks like a graduate dancing. The girl is clearly ill, she is beautiful, legs that go on and on etc, etc. But every single bone is visible and her face which is very pretty has that prem baby look about it (no fat). The shocking part of this how ever are the comments they are all positive saying how beautiful she is. Physically she is stunning but so so thin. The dancer in the picture is Russian, is this how thin they want their dancers to be, and when they do come to Britain, is this thinnest exceptable in our companies? I only know of one girl who was an exceptionally gifted dancer at the Royal Ballet, I won't go into detail as she may then become identifiable, where her mother pulled her out of the school as she was clearly ill. When I saw her photographs I could clearly see how ill she was (she was 15), but my other friend who has a dancing daughter viewed the pictures as stunning. I worry for our dancing children (male and female), when I asked a ballet teacher from a top vocational school about this subject she replied, 'we do our best with nutritionist etc but this is the world they are in, we can watch out and educate them, but they are at that age of comparing themselves etc'. There are more positive images of ballet dancers about at the moment and I think more companies are looking more at healthy dancers. I ask this question to any of you professional dancers who are in companies on the forum, is it still excepted or wanted to be unnaturally thin, by directors or even yourselves? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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