A fascinating New York Times article exploring the idea of what it means to be a plus-sized dancer in the world of modern dance.
“I was probably the first woman in a major company with a body that was not the expectation,” she added. The press coverage, overwhelmingly focused on her body, was devastating.
“For all the attention, I felt very unseen,” she said. She described finally losing her cool at a postperformance discussion, after a woman lavishly praised her for being able to dance like everyone else despite the 40 extra pounds on her frame: “I was like, you know, 60 years ago, somebody would have said: ‘I can’t believe you’re a doctor, and you’re black. You’re as intelligent as the white people, I guess, congratulations.’ It’s not a compliment, it’s a crazy statement.”
The article talks about a lot of different things, but it mostly explores the misconception that there’s a certain “dancer’s body” and if you don’t have that body, you can’t be, or aren’t, a dancer. Makes me want to take a dance class.
Thanks, Kari, for the link!
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