Career Development Plan - Ballet Companies and Tattoos

by Candice
(Long Island, NY, USA)

Career Development Plan - Ballet Companies and Tattoos


Can I get selected to be in a Ballet Company if I have tattoos? I have been dancing since I was young. I joined the Marine Corps when I was 18 to later go to college. I am now 21, I plan on going back to ballet/contemporary dance when I get out (May of 2012)and going to major in dance.. I was wondering if companies allow tattoos? I have three of them that are noticable in a leotard, however they aren't disrespectful or anything of that nature. Are there more liberal companies that would allow tattoos?


Reply by Odette

To:- Career Development Plan - Ballet Companies and Tattoos

Hello Candice,

Thank you for contacting me it is a pleasure to hear from you.

I personally think having tattoos will not jeopardize your place in a ballet company. Ballet companies will be more concerned about your ability as a dancer and a performer. Tattoos can be covered with make up or skin coloured plasters, so I do not feel it is a major thing for you to worry about.

I know of a first soloist dancer in one of the world's leading ballet companies who has a tattoo on her ankle and it has not been a problem for her. When the dancer has to, she puts a skin-coloured plaster to cover the tattoo.

So it highly depends on how visible your tattoos are and whether you can easily cover them up.

I would love to hear more about your career development plan, please tell me more about your story. I wish you all the best of luck.

Best Wishes,


ps. To become the best dancer you can be, learn the Seven Secrets ..... go to my 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page

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