|Suck it, Jessi and Ann
||[Jan. 7th, 2014|11:41 pm]
I was going through Tumblr when I came across this:
And I remembered in one book (Jessi's Baby-sitter?) where Jessi was saying she couldn't eat a lot because 'Have you ever seen a fat ballerina?' So suck it you two, this awesome lady is dancing your precious en pointe. So Ann's fat shaming ass can go right to Hell and warm her toes.
I remember in The Babysitters Remember Jessi saying that "dancers cannot get fat" and Mary Anne telling her it's more about skill and talent now.
But that move is pretty damn impressive, at any weight!
I give Jessi a pass because not only will you not get hired at a major company even today if you aren't very thin, but back in the time Remember was written, Balanchine, even though he'd been dead a decade, still carried influence. He wanted dancers bony. Allegra Kent was one of his main partners, and she published this book. It was a major reference for many years. It took more that skill.
In 1994 and 1995, there was some backlash because of a rumor that Balanchine required his dancers to have 0% body fat. Having any was seen a sign of being more skilled than thin. Look at the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and the Joffrey School of Ballet. The dancers are thin, and diversity is mostly that there are Asian women. It's better than it was, but not great. Sadly Asian women are becoming preferred because Asian women usually have slimmer bone frames than women of other races and can look skinnier and more wispy and still be pale. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0688015395/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?qid=1389263285&sr=8-3
Honestly I see Jessi's line about not seeing fat dancers as a reflection of ballet. Fat can mean being a whole size 4! The bigger dancers are niche and supposed to make a statement. Sadly they aren't mainstream, even in the background. I quit dance after being told I was too fat to be in the background of The Nutcracker while the rest of the ballet school was cast. I'm a 6 now, and am bigger by far than I was. I wish ballet had dancers above a 0 who aren't statement dancers.
2014-01-08 02:19 pm (UTC)
Aww yeah Voltaire!
That lady looks like she's having the time of her life.
Jessi's an idiot. Then again, given what total dumbasses her parents were for leaving her in charge of her siblings for AN ENTIRE WEEKEND at the age of ELEVEN, it's a miracle Jessi knows how to dress herself.
Damn them leg muscles! Kudos to her, wish I could have legs like that!
Jessi most likely grew up to have a debilitating eating disorder that put her off the stage after she collapsed during some hack job version of The Nutcracker. Because you know that dancers, like diabetics, CAN NOT EAT THE FOODS.
This one's looking good, too.
Also, dancing for several hours a day burns a LOT of calories. Therefore, ballet dancers must eat a good amount of food.
And Jessi's ballet teacher Mme Noelle once said "We're not doing the dance of the hippos from Fantasia" or something awfully close to that which screamed fat shaming.
The women in those pics totally rock! :D
I think that was supposed to be more about how the jumps are supposed to have controlled landings - you're not supposed to audibly thud, no matter what your weight.
My skinny, kitten-sized cat (I'd be surprised if she weighs 2lbs) likes to thunder up and down the stairs and jump on and off things with an audible thud, because she finds the noise she makes entertaining. She makes as much noise as my 6'7" husband in steel-capped boots. I'm 5'2", don't weigh much less than him - and move a lot quieter than both of them. It is actually a bit of a problem that when I go over to talk to people at work, they don't hear me coming or notice me waiting for them to finish whatever they're doing right at that moment - they quite often jump when I say "Umm, hi?" when it doesn't look like they'll lose the threads of what they're doing if I interrupt...
Being light on one's feet has very little to do with body shape and weigh - more about how the movement's impact is absorbed. Ballerinas jump, land on demi-pointe (I never got on to pointe work, so don't know if it's different at that level), then bring their feet down in a controlled manner, to absorb the impact in their feet, ankles (possibly knees), etc. rather than sending it through the floor.
Hey, I'm also 5'2" and a light stepper. My Gram is always saying she's gonna bell me like a cat because I'm always sneaking around and scaring her. Also your kitty sounds adorable. Both my cats are big (Jynxie is 20 pounds and Cabby is just big) and they make a lot of noise when they walk. So much for quiet little cat feet.
A bell on a ribbon would make a pretty cute necklace ;-) She is - she stopped growing at about 6 months and thinks that means she's allowed to be a kitten forever! I also have her mother, who's bigger but still a small cat (and who shouts a lot but generally moves reasonably quietly), and they're both lovely, friendly, snuggly creatures :-)
The women in those pics do rock though :-D
I also found this
and to me it seems like it'd be total bullshit that an 11 year old would be dancing en pointe
. Not only that but she's supposedly this uber talented special snowflake that always lands leading roles.
Ouch. Freaking ouch. I didn't know the half of what it takes to be a ballerina. I don't follow real-life ballerinas and usually I'm exposed to ballerina stuff through movies and fiction books and I hadn't given a lot of thought to how hard being a ballerina actually is before. I knew ballerinas' feet get messed up like the toes and arches but I didn't know about breaking ankles from hopping up or rolling into a move the wrong way to balance on toe tips. I have renewed respect for ballerinas now.
Edited at 2014-01-10 08:24 am (UTC)
so the whole i am 11 i am dance en pointe like a pro <is bulls...?
Hell yeah! More power to those awesome ladies! Ann's fat shaming annoys the hell out of me.