Little Girls in boxes????
Posted 29 February 2000 - 06:32 PM
To answer someone's question about if its controversial... probably not as much as it is in figure skating and gymnastics. Some of the things they deal with, dancers don't have to. Like the book talks about how a gymnast goes through years of training for hundreds of thousands of dollars and rarely does it pay off because many don't make the Olympics.. and even the ones that do... well, the only 2 gymnasts that have been able to live off of their Olympic medals were Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci (sp?). But you don't have to worry about that w/ballet because it is an art, not a competition. Although eating disorders are a big deal in the dballet world... its not as accepted anymore like it still is in gymnastics because its not only a child's art. Gymnastics has gone from a sport for early twenty year olds and now its mid teens and many as small as a twelve year old. In ballet its ok to be a developed woman and you do not have to be toothpick thin because its not only for young teens but mainly for
If you have any more questions- ask, cuz I am reading the book
Posted 01 March 2000 - 05:57 PM
unfortunately I am going to have to disagree with your statement about eating disorders no longer being acceptable in the dance world. in some ways it is almost worse than gymnastics because it is adults dancing and not children, as far as professional companies go. most dancers in companies do not have figures, as the normal woman would, there are no curves.
Eating disorders are extremely common for a large part because dancers spend an unnatural amount of time looking at themselves in the mirror each day. the time spent in class is spent studying your line and how your body looks. amy person would be selfconcious about their looks after that much examination.
Also, some companies and dance schools still have "weigh ins" for their dancers and those that do not meet their required weight are often put on probation.
Posted 02 March 2000 - 08:27 AM
I understand that. I'm not saying that eating disorders are nonexistent in dance but it has been my experiences that it is not as bad as it used to be perhaps? I mean there has been so much more info on eating disorders and much more steps taken to prevent them. I personally think that having an eating disorder would be a worse trial for you in gymnastics because your body is already doing things that are difficult and in a lot of cases extremely weird and the wear and tear eventually combines w/ the horrible eating habits and makes them so weak. I suppose the same thing happens with dancers because of the already active person is not nourishing themselves correctly. I would like to say that the only info I was really talking about was from the book so I guess I may have a biased opinion. But overall, I think dance is so much better for you than gymnastics... It's harder to make it as a gymnast and even when you do its such a hard time w/ too many struggles physically, emotionally, and mentally. Dance can be enjoyed for much longer because you're performing but not competing.
Any way- sorry if I confused anyone or had some wrong info
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