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Dance needs to stop fetishising thin

20 February 2014 2:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Channel 4's Big Ballet shows, big is often better. But dance keeps struggling with unhealthy stereotypes and weighty issues

Gillian Lynne and Beryl Grey on how dancers should be pushed to the limit

Dancers and their bodies: it's a story that is rarely out of the news right now, as those in the profession and the public argue about whether ballet has pushed the ideal of the slender, supple body type to such an extreme that the art form has become a breeding ground for anorexia.

On the one hand, we have Gillian Lynne suggesting in the Guardian that it's no big deal for dancers to watch their weight, that it's all part of the professional discipline. On the other side, we have an Italian dancer who in 2012 claimed there was an endemic culture of eating disorders at La Scala ballet. Meanwhile, English National Ballet School is still »

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