December 14, 2012

Body and Dance

As a ballet teacher, I do have student who are on the plump side.  Ballet students come for a lot of reasons. For some of them, it's because of a parent who want's their child to have a more fit lifestyle.  The dance world can be tough towards plus size dancers but one will have to ask the question: is dance really intended to be the sole domain of fairy like bodies? If we were to maintain the outlook of dance in the Classical and Romantic era then perhaps this is true.  You will have to constantly check 5 guys nutrition data and similar stuff to keep on dancing.  Is this really in touch with the times? Dance is about bring out what is in your heart.  If is the exposure of one's soul using the body.  No matter what shape and size, eventually it is the heart that counts.