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Some one told me that the shorter dancers usually get the variations and solos because they want corp to look the same height... is that true?

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No, it is not. There are corps dancers of varying sizes, within a range. The soloists are simply the better dancers for the roles. Exceptionally short or exceptionally tall dancers will not automatically get solos. They have to be the best dancers for that. In fact, the exceptionally short or tall will have a harder time getting into a company if they don't fit in the corps de ballet, unless they are such exceptional dancers that they are ready for solo work.

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No, not these days. It used to be considered tall, but I think not so much anymore.

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I'm supposed to be about 5'7 and I've always worried a lot about my height. I know each company has their own idea of a dancer, but would most companies accept that tall of dancer as long as they were a good dancer?

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Probably, but you never know. Might depend on what males they have and also what places are open in terms of what they need for that season.

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I think I am pretty much done growing, and I am about 5'2 3/4"......and my legs are very short within my body ratio.....will this most likely be an issue? Don't many places choose not to necessarily look past this?

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Erica, it's really hard to know without seeing you, but body proportions do make a difference. However, there are always exceptions to everything. :wink:

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I am only 5 feet, and I'm not suposed to grow more than another inch or so. I have had teachers tell me I have a well proportioned body for ballet, but I think that I have very short legs. If you are short, without legs that "go on for days" do you still have a good chance at joining a company?

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Exceptionally short or tall dancers will need to be exceptional dancers to have a good chance of joining a company. However, there are a lot of exceptions out there dancing :cool2:

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