I think it's useful to experience other types of dance and other cultures, and the life of a classical dancer these days is certainly not all tutus! So experience of other dance forms is a good idea.
Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.
It's not about weight, it's about fitness, and one component of being fit is to have relatively low body fat, because fat is not very efficient, whereas muscle is.
It's not magic! It's physics. The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright. It's like a spinning top.
As you get older, the physical abilities decrease, which is particularly frustrating because your brain gets so good! So as you are becoming less technically or physically able, younger dancers are emerging who need the space to perform.
Because muscle is heavier than fat, dancers weigh more than you might think, but they are usually very lean.
I think the shape of our bodies has as much to do with the shape of our parents as it does with training.
Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives, through adolescence, and while they are trying to work out who they are as people, never mind as a dancer. So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
At the moment I'm enjoying a new challenge at the Royal Opera House, but I'm also keen to pursue my interest in television and particularly in science.
People often argue about this. Obviously one of the skills in performance is acting, and you can't expect every Romeo to really be in love with their Juliet!
I do take class because I still dance, and yes, I do slip into class with the Royal Ballet from time to time.
A good dancer is an educated one, so don't abandon school.
But you do have to start young as a dancer if you're going to achieve the physical skills necessary.
I have lots of interests, but it's true that dancing is a very full-time job.
You increase muscle bulk by training against resistance. For example, weights. And in ballet, this isn't the case.
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