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About seallen

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    Ballet Alert!

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    former dancer
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    San Francisco
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  1. thank you! ❤️ Maria Tallchief was my idol and archetypal ballerina when I was a child and one of the first ballerinas I saw live at NYCB. This is a lovely tribute ... and an extra treat was a few brief clips with one of her special partners Andre Eglevsky, who was one my teachers.
  2. Agreed - Lourdes lent her full support on social media following the Today Show interview. The message, as I hear it, is to advocate for mental health and body image issues and to call out body shaming, in the ballet world. Kathryn Morgan is talking about the body shaming that contributes to "self-loathing" that happens in early training and can continue into a professional career: (consider her mentor, the beautiful Jennifer Ringer critiqued by NYTimes as Sugar Plum). Morgan did not complain about not getting a role, but how body shaming beats down the psyche of creative, ar
  3. Even with what we have gone through as young dancers, ballet continues to bring such deep joy. Ballet training and dancing brought me so much that is good in my life and that has contributed to my happiness and success as an adult beyond the professional dancer option. Thanks, as well, to this forum where I have taken so much delight in the musings, opinions, and sharing of diverse and passionate ballet lovers. We may all not agree, all the time, but we all share deeply, in the love of 'the ballet' !
  4. ECat thank you so very much for sharing your story - it is so powerful for us individually and collectively to speak our truth. This is ballet's greatest opportunity to heal and thrive as we move into the future. I also have a story of body shaming beginning at age 11 as I entered training in a professional program in NYC. I was a student in the 60s, just as the 'body type' for ballet was under the influence of Balanchine and SAB was actively sorting and selecting accordingly...this influence took hold at other schools, where I also studied and danced, as the Balanchine body became the
  5. Brava Kathryn Morgan! for bringing the full spotlight on body shaming in dance. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD0xB8VNzSk
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