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Average height ranges of major US companies

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I feel like there are more dancers who are on the taller side, and they are looked at more. Like to see more dancers who are 5'2, 5'3, and actually have nice leg muscles, lol

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I have been wondering this too. I have 4 daughters, I'm very short, DD11 is very tiny for her age and probably will be around 5'2". She doesn't have a long torso like some short girls do; what I mean is that she's proportionate for her height and has "long" legs for a short girl, if that makes any sense. Lots of time to go yet but I was curious if ballet companies tended to prefer taller dancers.

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As mentioned above, read post #37.


A good way to get a better handle on preferred heights by companies is to actually read their audition notices. Some will call for specific height ranges. 5'4" and up seems to me to be a typical height listed in a call, but it will vary greatly.


Unless you have a crystal ball, it is hard to predict final heights even from age 11. I've seen tiny ones at age 11 end up the tallest in the class, sometimes defying what seems to be their own genetics (ie parents that are not tall). I've seen the tall one at age 11 stop growing. My own dd's estimated adult height was anywhere from 5'0 to 5'2, depending on the method employed. She ended up at 5'4.

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Joriebelle -


I have a 14-year-old who, according to recent x-rays taken for a scoliosis visit, still has a lot of growth left in her plates. You just never know until they're done.


Also, your DD is 11. You're overthinking this. Even if a company prefers 5'8" dancers today, that same company might go through an artistic change and in five years decide they like 5'2" dancers.

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I was just going to say what Pensive said. You never know what the height preference for any given company will be in the future. I'm hoping the pendulum doesn't swing too much as my dd is on the other end of the spectrum and would love to have some options other than the Rockettes!

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Ballerinas are required to be tall. Most are 5’8” to 5’10”

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Erinjg, I strongly disagree.  I wonder where you got your requirements?  I do not believe what you stated is true.  My dd dances in US company and they do not have a single ballerina over 5'8".  Most are under 5'5".

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I agree with Monet, based on watching the nearby major ballet company they they have all sorts of heights

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Erinjg, That isn’t correct.  At least in the US.  It really does depend on the company. Some companies prefer their dancers taller and some prefer them shorter.  I won’t repeat the other posts, but I encourage you to read back through them  

A female dancer between 5’8” and 5’10” will be 3-4 inches taller when she is on pointe and  it Is often preferred for the male to be a little taller than the female when en pointe.  

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Erinjp you are wrong. 

Employed dancers range from 4'11 to 6'0.  I think that the sweet spot for ballet is 5'6-5'8 but many employed dancers on either side of that. . . 

Some companies tend to "run short" or "run tall." DD did a company audition with a company and, as a dancer tending towards the shorter end of the spectrum felt like she fit right in and then she got cut after barre with other dancers about her height from another company. 

Some companies do stated a height requirement. 

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