Beautifully Proportioned Female Dancers
Posted 01 September 2007 - 09:42 AM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 08:00 AM
My favorite female proportions belong to Sylvie Guillem, Patricia Barker, Svetlana Zakharova, Polina Semionova, and Darcey Bussell. I guess I like long, hyperextended ballerinas with amazing feet.
Posted 02 September 2007 - 03:39 PM
Posted 02 September 2007 - 10:35 PM
Well, since the "beautiful proportioned" expression doesn't contain any specifications, every single answer to that question is going to be based in a personal set of preferences .
Posted 03 September 2007 - 03:55 PM
Oh, that's easy.
Maria Kowrowski. Beyond compare.
Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:09 PM
Well, since the "beautiful proportioned" expression doesn't contain any specifications, every single answer to that question is going to be based in personal preferences,so beautiful proportions here will be linked to specific sets of preferences.
Then why is this thread "beautifully proportioned" not "my perferred body type" or "the dancer who has a body that I think best for ballet" or "a body that I think amazing." Are there body proportions that are beautiful as a classic archtypes? If so I stand by my vote for Fonteyn and Weese.
Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:25 PM
I prefer dancers -- male and female -- with flesh, muscles, and wide shoulders, but that doesn't make them perfectly proportioned in the classical sense.
Posted 03 September 2007 - 09:01 PM
I do too. I like the old school body type of well developed thights in female dancers. Those extremely long skinny legs don't do it for me at all...
Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:17 PM
Anna Pavlova (maybe the start of the modern ballerina), Irina Kolpakova, Margot Fonteyn, Alessandra Ferri, Tanny LeClercq, Altynai Asylmuratova, Sylvie Guillem. I think I can stare at Sylvie Guillem's legs and feet for hours.
Posted 08 September 2007 - 02:44 PM
Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:45 PM
Posted 10 September 2007 - 03:21 PM
Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:24 PM
That is a great question. I am not an expert, but have seen enough to know that shorter men usually jump higher than taller men and stay in the air longer. Most notably are Herman Corjeno, Angel Corella (ABT), Daniel Ulbrich and Joaquin De Luz (NYCB) (that is to name a few). They can do more rotations when the do any combination of turns.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that ballet is designed specific body type, rather than parts in ballets require certain abilities and those abilities come not only with varying degrees of talet but different body types.
So IMHO, although companies tend to graviate toward taller dancers, not everyone can dance Puck in Midsummer Night's Dreamr \,lead the corp in Stars and Stripes or dance The Bluebird Variations. And short men do make wonderful partners as well. It is just a different asthetic.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:24 PM
Of course when we speak of the "perfect" form or beautifully proportioned dancers, one cannot think of them as statues, but how they move their bods. What I was trying to get at, is that body form does impact on how a body can move and perform in ballet and that would then underscore the notion of beauty. If you look at just the arms and the hands, it would seem that form must follow function and that disproportionately short fingers or arms simply couldn't "move" in the most fluid way they should.
Does this make sense?
Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:37 PM
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