canbelto, on Feb 15 2009, 08:35 PM, said:
I read an interview with Altynai Asylmuratova in which she said she wanted all the girls at the Vaganova School to have feet as pretty as the girls at the Paris Opera school. I would hate to think that schools such as the POB and Vaganova are rejecting girls simply because of a lack of banana arches, considering how many great dancers have had less than ideal feet.
canbelto, for the record (supposing you are thinking of the Asylmuratova interview here
), what Altynai Asylmuratova admires about the Paris Opera dancers is how they use their feet, their attention to the footwork - not
that they all have allegedly ideal arches (which they don't). She's basically just comparing schools and their respective qualities/shortcomings.
To avoid further misunderstandings - AA: "Graduates from the Paris Opera Ballet School are perfect in this respect. Their feet are a true delight. Even though our School has always been famous for arms and upper body, I think it should be possible to enhance our feet. It's not even a question of changing the methods of teaching, we just need to switch the accents."