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What do they mean by the perfect ballet body?


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#61 ballet_fanatic

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:39 PM

Ok thank you!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:40 PM

I remember looking in the mirror at home and thinking "I want a smaller torso...",
and then looking in the mirror in the studio whilst I danced and thinking "MY TORSO LOOKS SMALLER!"

So this may be completely incorrect, but I have found the longer I dance (in years, I mean. The long run), the more "Balanchine" my body looks.

Maybe it's the use of muscle when you dance Balanchine technique? I honestly don't know. :) I think ballet can make everyone's body look equally as good, as long as you work hard!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:32 PM

Hey I'm Julianne I've been dancing since I was two and I'm thirteen now. I'm in most advanced classes for my studio but I have no clue how I'm going to get on the competition team? Is it because I don't have a good ballet body?
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:59 PM

Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, jujuhula!!!

The fact that you are 13 and at the top level of your school makes me think that you are at a more recreational school rather than a vocational one, right? That is fine, of course, because not everyone wants to become a dancer as a career! If you are just looking to dance as exercise and fun, than staying where you are makes sense.

If you are interested in training for a career in professional ballet, than you might consider looking around at professional ballet schools to see if this is something that makes sense to do.


Generally speaking, comp teams are usually inclusive regardless of body types, but if that is a concern of yours, then speaking to your teacher/s as well as your doctor may be a good choice.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

CanaryFairy, some mirrors are slightly bent inward or outward and the slightest imperfection in a mirror can make the actual reflection change. Most mirrors are not all the same, so maybe your studio mirror makes your torso look shorter than your home mirror. Not to mention, there are some days where our eyes just seem to see the certain things...:)
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:48 AM

I'm 15, 5'3''. [weight removed by moderator as per the rules of BTforD], and have pretty nice feet. My legs aren't extremely long, but I'm more legs than torso. My knees are slightly hyperextended, and I have no chest at all xDD Is this an okay "ballet body"?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:34 AM

It sounds fine, but then there is really no way at all of knowing without seeing you. How about rotation and flexibility?

(I edited your post, above, to remove the weight factor. We do not allow any use of weight numbers on the board.)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:54 AM

Oh, sorry, I forgot about the weight!

I have almost 90 degree turnout on each leg. I have a nice arabesque, and I'm working on my front and side extensions, although I have been told have the potential of really good flexibility, just as long I as stretch frequently ;)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:17 AM

Sounds good, DancingSquirrel. :)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for you help :)

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:11 AM

I know this is an older post, but I have some questions. I'm 15, done growing (I think, even though I grew over Christmas break and my feet shrunk) 5:8 1/2, slightly large but VERY strong feet, overall strong body, longish torso and longish legs. My extensions are fair, more than 90 all around on most days and I'm much more flexible than I had ever hoped to be. Oh, and a substanital chest. I have been dancing for almost eleven years and am in the Advanced section of my class. :ermm: I have interest in becoming a prinicipal dancer, or at least going to professional SIs. However, will my body hold me back?

Oh, and I forgot to mention that despite my tall body, I am a very good jumper.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:18 AM

I know this is an older thread, dancinglifeaway, but have you actually read it from the beginning?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

Yes, I have.
You know you are a dancer when you are surprised that other people can't touch their toes.

Dance: Somewhere between having a dream.....and being obsessed.

I don't dance because I think I am perfect. I dance because I know I am not perfect. .
I don't dance because I want to. I dance because I need to

There aren't any mistakes: Just unexpected solos.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

Okay, then check out these two threads that Clara76 posted yesterday on the Being a Curvy Dancer thread, here in the YD forum.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:13 PM

Jeez, 5'7" and being called tall? I'm almost 5'11", and until this year I wasn't even the tallest girl in my studio!