Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Effects of Eating Disorder in the Dance World

A couple years ago when I was eleven, I heard a story on the news. The story was about a girl, a model who took pictures of herself and published them on big billboards in what I think was London. After the pictures were showed, she was interviewed and her words stuck to me more than anything I have ever heard from anyone else. The model talked about how she wanted to show the world exactly how models had to be and how the industry encouraged them to look like. She expressed that appearance as horrifying. That model put herself out there to save other models and anyone who was being influenced to starve themselves to perfection and people who already were under the influence of this disease. This disease that is twelve time higher to kill adolescent girls is called Anorexia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa, often referred to as an eating disorder is a common known illness that a lot of girls experience mostly through the ages of as young as 6-16 years old. More girls today than ever before have been influenced by society and its idea of what a normal/ ideal body should look like, and have fallen victim to eating disorders.

These types of illnesses like eating disorders/ anorexia are most common in girls that work and train in an industry like dancing or modeling industry where they are constantly feeling pressured to lose weight. It starts off just wanting to fell more comfortable with themselves, but it eventually gets out of control causing girls to always see themselves overweight even though in reality they're in danger of their body functions shutting off and even death.

This girl in the article below struggled with an eating disorder since she was about 14. She first started being self-conscious at the age of 10, where she would walk into her ballet class and stare in the mirror wondering if she was skinny enough to be a professional ballerina or if she would be rejected because she had a little bulge on her tummy.

This article really made me think about the illnesses dancers struggle with today. After some research, according to Dr. Hamilton, about 46% of ballerinas in the dance industry struggle with some type of eating disorder.

Dancer Tells her Story About The Struggles of Her Eating Disorder

Ballerinas and Eating Disorders

Models Vs. Eating Disorder

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What is the Hardest Dance Style to Perform?

As a dancer, I've been asked this question many times by my friends, relatives, and people that are just interested in starting dance and are curious to know. "What is the hardest dance style to perform?"

There isn't exactly one specific style of dance that is the hardest or the easiest to perform. It depends on what style you like the most and what style you can work with easily and which styles you have trouble grasping. Personally, the hardest style of dance for me is ballet.

Ballet is the base of all dance styles and it does help you improve in other aspects of dance, but for some reason the slow tempo and small and graceful movements seem to be working against me. Here is where everyone's preference of dance style and what style you best perform comes into play.

In the end it all comes down to you knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are in dance. Even if you may not be naturally fit for a particular dance style, the more you try to improve the easier it will get. Just remember that there is no way of knowing what styles you will be good at in dance or what styles of dance you like until you try.

Vote Your the Hardest Dance Style

Dance and Other Genres

Most Difficult Dance Moves