To anyone who says I’m ruining ballet, I’ve got a few things to say to you.
1) If ballet is in danger of being ruined by one fat recreational dancer, it’s in a lot worse shape than I thought it was.
2) If fat dancers “ruin” ballet, then darlings, it’s already dead. Because fat dancers are absolutely a thing. Go in your local dance school, look at the makeup of and adult class. All sizes, ages, shapes and races. Ballet CAN be inclusive. It’s just not talked about.
Besides all of that, let’s be honest here for a second. I hate it when people call ballet a dying art, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t need something to raise awareness and interest in it. The people that take recreational classes are going to be far more likely to buy your ticks and donate to your funds. It creates a love and passion for your art. These classes bring in much needed money to schools and companies, and here you’d turn them away because they don’t have the “perfect” body. There are people who honest to God thought they’d be turned away at the door for adult beginner classes because of their size. I hear it daily actually- they have been interested for years, but thought there was no way they could even make ballet a hobby. If we get rid of this thinking it could seriously breathe new life into ballet. I’m not saying any of us are going to be the Bolshoi’s next prima, but to say we’re not entitled to take class a few days a week for our own fitness and enjoyment? You’re literally chasing donors and dollars away. Even if you can’t stand the thought of a fat person using your precious studio while you’re not there, maybe you CAN stand the thought of being able to keep your doors open a little longer.