Friday, May 12, 2017

One Overweight Ballerina Is Confused

Confused Ballerina
There was one ballerina who is misinformed and tried to change the ideal of a "dancer’s body." Colleen Werner, an unknown ballerina in New York City, posted a confusing rallying cry for anyone whose body has made them feel out of place in the industry.

Posing by the water in her leotard and pointe shoes, Werner shared a lengthy story on Instagram about the body issues she's encountered in her years as a dancer. "The dance world is FAR from body positive, and I want to help change that," she wrote.

She's calling out for other dancers to follow her and increase her online visibility to possible advertising companies by linking to the hashtag #BopoBallerina.

"There is no wrong way to have a dancers body," she writes. "It’s dangerous to only represent one body type in dance companies, dance brands, and dance ads. Dancers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities, all dancers deserve to love their bodies, and it’s time that we start bringing body positivity to the dance community."

All good and laudable, but she is gravely mistaken. Actually, she has the wrong body types for ballet.

It's not "shaming" to say that. Think about it: a man who weighs 165 lbs does not have the proper body type to compete in the world's strongest man competition. This is not "shaming", it's the reality of the situation. As excellent as Micheal Phelps is at swimming, he doesn't have the right body to be an NFL linebacker - and vice versa. The more these women make issues out of nothing, the less inclined everyone is to take them seriously.

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