The Big Ballet
Cadmus sent over a link to a Daily Mail piece on Russia's Big Ballet, a group of fat ballerinas. They're embarking on their first UK tour. It'd be nice if the article was a little, ah, less condescending though. It starts:
Thundering onto stage, their size-22 costumes straining at the seams, this troupe of outsized dancers are, quite literally, the biggest ballet stars you are ever likely to see.
Surely these dancers have clothes that fit, yes? Then why are their costumes "straining at the seams"? Oh, right, because that's how fat people wear clothes... I forgot! Sheesh. And "thundering" onto stage?
"They're really very fit and supple, there's no breathlessness and there are medics on hand to make sure no one is straining their heart or joints," says UK tour publicist Dion Clements.
This is good, and all, but I wonder: are there medics on hand for ballerinas who aren't fat? (I genuinely don't know... does anyone?)
One member, Katya Yurkowa, says: "From childhood, all of us were large and often taunted as children. I've always loved to dance, so Big Ballet was a great opportunity for me.
"It's hard being teased your whole life then finding the confidence to go on stage and perform in front of so many people, but now I have it and I am so happy.
"We hope we are helping to change the public perception about larger people and encourage big children to take part in sport and dance."
Overall, it is positive to see The Big Ballet out there - overwhelmingly positive. Just a shame that the article's author, Sarah Chalmers, couldn't stay away from a few quick jabs.