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On the issue of anorexia June 5, 2012

Filed under: ballet — theworstat @ 5:38 pm
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Since I keep getting hits from search engines about “Suzie Dancer Anorexic,” I just want to set something straight:  if you’re looking for dirt, this is the wrong blog.    The following is for anyone who landed on this blog looking for dirt like that.  It is not for the majority of my readers.

I’ve already gone though how anorexia and ballet became synonymous.  If you care to read it, it’s a few posts back and is named “Too Thin,” or something like that.  Look in the archives.

Yes, I have mentioned anorexia as it pertains to certain dancers, but only when the dancer has publicly acknowledged the problem and overcome it.

And yes, anorexia is present in some dancers — but not all of them.  If that were the case, we’d be hearing stories of dancers dropping dead all over the place, and outside of the occasional tragedy we do not hear about that often.  Thank goodness.

Also, I do frequently write about how sick and tired I am of seeing skeletons in pointe shoes.  But that’s due to the extreme nature of the weight demands of some companies in some countries, not necessarily anorexia.  The fact is, many dancers seem to meet the weight restrictions and eat well at the same time.  How?  I don’t know, but it might have something to do with exercising 10 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week.  Plus, as I mentioned in a previous article, some people are naturally slender.

Further, we may be at the beginning of a small push-back against extreme weight restrictions.  If this becomes a trend, I’ll remark on it later.  I seem to remember this issue being addressed by the English National Ballet, but I can’t find the link right now.

Okay, so you’re still drooling for information about the weight of Suzie Dancer?  Well the particular Suzie Dancers — there are two of them — I keep getting hits about, with “anorexia” attached to their names… both of them went to very severe Russian finishing schools.  Russia has probably the harshest weight restrictions of all.  And so these girls, through a combination of training and diet, reached the weight restrictions so they could graduate.  As far as I know, both are perfectly healthy and looking forward to long and rewarding careers.

I hope you are not disappointed.

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One Response to “On the issue of anorexia”

  1. AlineS Says:

    Actually it’s Tamara Rojo’s idea to have more healthy ballerinas at the english national ballet… the link is here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130067/New-English-National-Ballet-chief-tells-dancers-weight-vows-stamp-anorexia.html


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