Redefining what it means to have a "ballerina body"

"I felt that if I wanted to be successful as a ballet dancer, I needed to be as thin as possible." After overcoming an eating disorder, this ballerina is fighting to make ballet inclusive to dancers of all shapes and sizes.

04/07/2021 5:00 PM


  • Pua A.
    04/13/2021 05:26

    I’m inspired by the calling of your soul to support your beautiful heart and to impact others who have similar dreams. Bravo!!!! The only “YES” you need is yours and your support will find you. Keep smiling and having fun.

  • Jane F.
    04/13/2021 01:39

    Bravo & THANKS! ❤❤❤ You're a real joy & inspiration! 🌻 🎶 💐 Best wishes! 😸

  • Jakub A.
    04/12/2021 07:27

    She is just fat dancer, thats it.

  • Marleny P.
    04/11/2021 16:42


  • Andrea W.
    04/11/2021 12:44

    Both can exist. You have your beauty and they have theirs. But don't force all dances to be diverse. That's true equality ... Choice

  • Andrea W.
    04/11/2021 12:31

    She was average sized.

  • Rachel G.
    04/11/2021 03:09

    I Started ballet lessons when I was six years old. I loved it so much. I was so proud when I was able to go up on pointe shoes. When I was 16 years old— wearing a size 10-12 (remember the can you pinch an inch test? No, I couldn’t pinch an inch anywhere). Anyhow, at 16, I had a ballet instructor pull me aside at the end of class one evening. He said “you have a lot of talent, but if you ever want to make it as a dancer, you need to drop at least 25 pounds.” That was my last year of taking dance

  • Jane G.
    04/10/2021 15:16

    I think she's very sweet, very well spoken and she has a point, but I also think that if you want to be a part of elite ballet, or any other elite discipline, your but must meet the standards. Let me explain, I'm kind of a muscular person but I could have a more athletic body if only I would cut on the salami and fatty food in general. I'm a pole dancer, but in case I wanted to excel... I would have to train harder AND cut on the salami too. Nothing wrong on creating a new kind of environment for ballet, but I wouldn't find it unfair if a body like mine (also not suitable for elite ballet) wasn't accepted in regular companies.

  • Louise D.
    04/10/2021 00:17

    Nice job

  • Brian K.
    04/09/2021 23:57

    Fantastic article Colleen! The comments are just a reminder that the world has a long way to go and the work you are doing is valid!

  • Kate G.
    04/09/2021 22:12

    this is so awesome 👏🏽

  • Jean C.
    04/08/2021 09:50

    Good for you!!

  • Sofia D.
    04/08/2021 08:54

    Impressive. it is easy to be cynical and judgmental but I'm learning to put myself in other's shoes. Empathy. Really depend whether I'm in the negative or positive mindset. She's amazing and kudos to her.

  • Michael C.
    04/08/2021 06:51

    Ballerina used earthquake!

  • Rebecca Q.
    04/07/2021 22:59

    Absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing to watch. Keep on keepin on, you are an inspiration. 🙏🏼💕

  • Eva B.
    04/07/2021 22:34

    beautiful form

  • Thandisizwe B.
    04/07/2021 20:51

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  • Thandisizwe B.
    04/07/2021 20:28

    We call a balayage dance

  • Mazumbo J.
    04/07/2021 20:15


  • June K.
    04/07/2021 19:05

    I would love to see all types of dancers, it bothers me to see those twigs dancing around.