Ballet Dancers - Weight and Body

by Anna
(San Diego California)

Ballet Dancers - Weight and Body

hi im 4 foot 11 and im 90 lbs do i need to loose weight to be a professional ballerina? Im aware dance requires to be thin, how much is too thin is there a limit?


Reply by Odette
To: - Ballet Dancers - Weight and Body

Hi Anna,
Thanks for your message it's great to hear from you. I hope you're enjoying reading my website. Professional ballerinas vary a lot in their weight and sizes, although they all look very slim and slender they are still extremely strong to keep up with the huge demands of a ballet career. I would say, there is a limit to being too thin and it can affect your dancing if you loose too much weight from your natural structure. Some dancers are naturally very petite, others are more muscular. Whichever your body type is, you must embrace that and work your hardest in class to produce the best from your facility.

I have written a special section in my eBook, "7 Virtues of a Professional Ballet Dancer" on physique and body type in ballet. You can look more about it here, "Virtue 4: Physicality" . Especially from your question, I really recommend you reading through this section in particular. It will answer many of your questions and inspire you to work harder in your physical approach to ballet for a ballerina body.

Keep in touch and remember to keep happy & healthy!

Best wishes,

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