Perfect Dancer Essay

912 Words4 Pages
The “Perfect” Dancer Body Imagine this. You’re getting fabulously dressed and ready to see a performance of Swan Lake at Carnegie Hall. You have been earnestly waiting for months to watch what spectacular talent and beauty awaits. The hype of going to see this show in person has put you in a daze. You finally get into your seats and wait for the curtains to open. At this moment you are about to jump out of your seat and rip those curtains off the latch. They finally open and a ballerina playing the role of Odette appears in her stunning outfit. She gracefully walks out onto the stage, and the show is about to begin. The orchestra starts and you 're beyond ready to see her elegantly sweep the audience away with the beautiful ballet dancing.…show more content…
Flexibly is just one of the many things that takes time to achieve in dance. The majority of dancers actually start when they are rather young giving them a head start on this nearly impossible task of literally tearing the muscle and then strengthening it to achieve the sense of perfect body lines when performing, for example, a penché. It’s not an easy task. It’s a task that is painful and is expected to be painful. The dancer gets used to the feeling of sore muscles and learns to push past the pain and go a little deeper with the stretch, one rep farther with some crunches, the extra step to get that much farther to “perfection.” Is this a healthy mindset to keep or is this causing ballerinas to have eating disorders, unnecessary injuries, or mental health…show more content…
You will most likely get kicked out of class if you show up to a professional ballet company class without your attire on. The reason for wearing this outfit is so that the instructor and the dancer can see their body lines and easily correct the mistakes that the dancers make and have a better understanding of their body shapes when working at the barre or going across the floor with combinations. On one hand, the use of ballet clothing makes for a great way to correct your mistakes, but on the other hand is it too much? There is an article of writing written by Brena R. Price and Terry F. Pettijohn II where they address the issue of “The Effect of Ballet Dance Attire on Body and Self Perceptions of Female Dancers.” (4) In the article, they mention that the use of mirrors and ballet attire hinders a ballet company’s performance in class. Since most ballerinas spend hours and hours criticizing and critiquing themselves, they can cause mental problems like eating disorders and a lack of self confidence. The reason for this being said is that it shows an unnecessary amount of pressure for a dancer that can cause severe problems for them down the

More about Perfect Dancer Essay

Open Document