Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Perfect by Definition

Have you ever beat yourself up because you don't have the "perfect" ballet body?

The dictionary's definition of perfect:

entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings

My definition of perfect:

stand-out, personal, different and utterly beautiful

Both definitions are describing ballet bodies. The first, describing an Odette, or Aurora floating on the stage, completely fake.

The other is more realistic. There is no perfect ballet body. EVERYONE'S body is different, so if one girl had an ideal body built for ballet, no one else would have it. That's what makes HER special. If another girl has thick legs, but a narrower upper body, that's what makes HER special.

My body type: tight hips, abnormally long legs, and a short torso. That's MY perfect ballet body. It's what makes ME special.

A Corps de Ballet isn't made up of 10-20 clones of one girl. They ALL have different shapes and sizes, and help each other grow in dance.

Body types are especially hard on late-bloomers, and a lot of them often fall into dangerous food disorders. Stopping meals is not the solution to getting a trimmer body. It can put your life in danger.

So whether you're tall, short, thick or thin, you are beautiful.

1 comment:

  1. what an inspiring post, rebecca! i'm pretty sure we have the same body! hahahaha. but add abnormally long arms to that and no curves and we have a perfect match!
    thanks for the post!