Height of Typical Female and Male DancersNYCB and ABT
Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:49 PM
who are principals or soloists for the NYCB and ABT?
Were the dancers much taller in the days of Ballanchine?
Posted 08 August 2005 - 04:09 PM
In the days of Balanchine (one "l", not two), for example, principal dancers Suki Shorer (5'1"), Allegra Kent (about 5'3"), Suzanne Farrell (5'7"), and Gloria Govrin (5'9") danced at the same time. Male dancers from the same era, Edward Villella and Jacques d'Amboise are short and tall, respectively.
These days one of the tallest males is Charles Askegard, Joaquin De Luz one of the shortest. Megan Fairchild, shorter side, Wendy Whelan and Darci Kistler, tall.
The other principals and soloists are all different sizes. Several new corps de ballet dancers are as short as Suki Shorer.
Xiomara Reyes, Erica Cornejo, Herman Cornejo: short
Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Michele Wiles, Gillian Murphy: tall
Ethan Stiefel, Angel Corella, and Julie Kent, for examples of the middle of the road, are of medium height.
A few ABT dancers of the 1980's:
Natalia Makarova and Gelsey Kirkland: short; Martine van Hamel and Cynthia Gregory: tall
Fernando Bujones, Mikhail Baryshnikov: short; Kevin McKenzie: tall; Patrick Bissell: very tall
And spanning the 1980's to the present, Alessandra Ferri: short; Julio Bocca: short
Would you like some more examples?
You seem to be doing a comparative study of some kind, judging by the kinds of posts you make. Is it purely for personal reasons or are you writing some kind of interesting thesis on the comparison of ballet dancers, and, if so, what is your thesis statement, if I may be so bold as to ask?
Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:15 AM
She has some ballet magic that makes her look tall.
Maria Kowroski on the other hand is actually very tall. About 5'9" ...maybe more.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:19 AM
Many years ago during a NYCB performance I purchased a pair of corps de ballet pointe shoes for sale. I purchased them because they were so tiny. Does anyone know how tall Elizabeth Walker is? I imagine she must be petite because these shoes are the smallest adult sized pointe shoes I think I've ever seen. They are very short and very narrow.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:32 AM
Most people guess I'm about 5'7" or 5'8" (and they guess I weigh much less than I actually do). It's all about proportions and illusion. Very difficult to guess someone's height and weight.
I was very surprised at how different the body types and sizes are at NYCB. I see the dancers in class, and they're all quite different from one another.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:34 AM
Posted 12 August 2005 - 11:09 AM
lisinka1, on Aug 12 2005, 02:19 PM, said:
Her dancing has a lovely, warm fullness uncommon at NYCB.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 11:12 AM
In the televised version of Swan Lake for PBS in 1999, Elizabeth dances as one of the 4 small swans. She is often dancing next to Janie Taylor and Carrie Lee Riggins and is quite a bit shorter than they are. Given that Ms. Riggins and Ms. Taylor are not exceptionally tall (maybe 5'4"?), I would perhaps place Ms. Walker around 5 feet. This is just a guess though.
It's difficult to determine this in the theater, as I normally sit in the 3rd ring.
I'd like to see Elizabeth next to Megan Fairchild. I wonder how they compare...
Posted 12 August 2005 - 11:34 AM
Posted 12 August 2005 - 01:45 PM
lampwick, on Aug 12 2005, 02:15 PM, said:
I did a little googling and found the following observation of Wendy Whelan's height. Julio Bocca is short, but not so short that, were Whelan 5'4", she would stand, on flat, a "good half-head" taller than him.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 01:53 PM
Posted 12 August 2005 - 02:00 PM
She states her height as such on the discount dance supply site, where she was a dancewear model.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 02:06 PM
Marga, on Aug 12 2005, 05:45 PM, said:
lampwick, on Aug 12 2005, 02:15 PM, said:
I've seen them standing together in class, and you're right, she isn't a "good half-head" taller than him. At most, she's only about an inch taller..in fact while they're dancing they almost look the same height..it's all in the presentation!
Posted 14 August 2005 - 09:14 AM
I know that I've looked down at her to make eye contact. She's shorter than me. Again, she's got some very long feet...
Then again, my chiropractor always told me he'd make me taller. Maybe I really have grown from all that spinal decompression! I thought he was joking. I've been meaning to measure myself.
Wendy may shrink and grow too. I know that Alexandra Ansanelli does. Scoliosis can do strange things...
Posted 14 August 2005 - 10:35 AM
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