Ballet: Negative Effects on Dancers Essays

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During the Nutcracker, you watch as the Sugar Plum Fairy seemingly floats across the stage, does 32 fouettes on pointe and still makes it all look effortless. Little do you know how physically straining it is on her body and then you take into account her eating disorder. She constantly purges just so she can fit into the corset costume that the Sugar Plum Fairy before her fit into. Why might so many ballerinas think this is okay? I’m going to explore a few reasons why I believe ballerinas think this way. Some teaching strategies of ballet have negative effects on dancers. With the teaching methods of some teachers, the skin tight leotards and tights, and long periods of examining and staring at their self and their company members, all …show more content…
A quote by a young teenager in the four year longitudinal study by Angela Pickard states:
“I’m really struggling at the moment because I’ve had a bizarre growth spurt and I’m completely off balance. I hate that I can’t control my body at the moment. It’s embarrassing. I keep looking at myself in the mirror in my leotard. I’m trying everything to get it all back but I feel so clumsy.” (Tracey) The presence of mirrors in a dance room can be just as destructive, if not more destructive than dance attire. The reason there are mirrors in a dance room is so that the dancers can see their self and self-correct any mistakes they might be making and catch. The mirror is supposed to act as a helping device and to make training easier and help weed out any corrections that the dancer can see so that the teacher is correcting less. A study done by Radell, Adame and Cole (2003) took two sets of dancers and for a semester trained some with mirrors and some without. The dancers trained with the mirrors (which are supposed to aid and help dancers improve their technique and skill) showed no significant changes in technique, or in center combinations. Meanwhile, the dancers who were taught without mirrors showed significant improvement in

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