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Body Image

15 May

As dancers we face our reflection so much that you would think we know what we look like and that we would be happy with what we see. We spend hours standing in front of a mirror in nothing more than skin tight leotard. Many healthy dancers obsess over thighs that touch or a stomach that’s not flat.

Dances, unlike other athletes, are constantly faced with the challenge of developing the muscles required to perform well while still making sure that these muscles are ‘lean muscles’.  Even throughout class dancers are always in competition with one another, and they are constTonner-Nu-Mood-Dance-Bodyantly judged by themselves, classmate and even teachers. Self-esteem in dancers can be easily broken, and sadly, it is difficult to rebuild.

I think that it is extremely important for teachers to be aware of the thoughts of their students and become involved with their well-being. We need to focus on developing and encouraging healthy dancers. Providing correct information about regular activity and a healthy diet can impact students and peers.

  • In America 80% of children are afraid of being fat.
  • More than 50% of 10 year old girls wish they were thinner.

Is this what we want in a classroom?  Your body can be healthy and not be skinny! Teachers and parents should encourage fruits and vegetables to be consumed daily. Along with a healthy breakfast and around 60 minutes of physical activity a day, health can be achieved. I am not a typical skinny person like dancers are expected to be, but I can say I am healthy. If you would like to read more about body image, or need some help with eating disorders, I recommend this website.