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The light fantastic? Ballet dancers and anorexia

The light fantastic? Ballet dancers and anorexia | anorexia ballet dancers | Scoop.it
A ballerina who accused La Scala of promoting anorexia has been sacked. There's more to this weighty issue than meets the eye, says Judith Mackrell
Virginie Bernier Bastien's insight:

The issue of female dancers and their body weight has always been problematic in classical ballet. However, as off-stage fashions have evolved, we went from criticizing a ballerina such as Anna Pavlova for being too thin to encouraging a leaner body. The society’s standards of beauty have evolved dramatically encouraging dancers to fulfil an impossible ideal and adopt unhealthy habits. 

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Eating Disorders Haunt Ballerinas

Eating Disorders Haunt Ballerinas | anorexia ballet dancers | Scoop.it
In the early 1990's, Michelle Warren and Linda Hamilton, two specialists in eating disorders, began a three-year ''intervention'' survey of 40 beginning students at the School of American Ballet, affiliated with the New York City Ballet. ''We were trying to see which girls developed or were predisposed to problems,'' said Dr. Warren, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the director of its Menopause and Hormonal Disorders Center. But 60 to 70 per cent of the students dropped out of the survey, and the study was canceled after a year. ''Some dropped out because of injury, Dr. Warren said. ''But basically when the girls started getting into trouble, they didn't want to answer questions.''
Virginie Bernier Bastien's insight:

The fact that girls needed to drop out of the survey because they started getting into trouble is actually confirming the pervasiveness of the disease which is part of the dancer’s daily reality. It is shocking to see that the industry of classical ballet requires an ideal of beauty which leads to unhealthy habits.

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Ballet and battling eating disorders

Ballet and battling eating disorders | anorexia ballet dancers | Scoop.it
A highly critical industry and infatuation with perfection have been blamed for eating disorders among ballet dancers.
Virginie Bernier Bastien's insight:

Victoria’s story is a typical example of the unspoken competitiveness between dancers that unfortunately leads to eating disorder. Being self-critical and perfectionist to a point where it becomes a disease is not normal. Also, I totally agree with the author; the psychologically and physically pressured environment are mainly linked with developing an eating disorder. Therefore, thinness should not be encourage and associated with beauty in the ballet industry.

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