Learning to embrace your body as a dancer

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When ballet came about in 15th century France, only men were allowed to perform the dance. Based on the standard figures of the time, an expectation for the ideal dancer’s body type was established. This tough expectation— a lean, willowy build and long legs— became the norm in ballet, and persists in a variety of dance forms today.

So when dancers wear costumes, when dancers have solo performances, when dancers constantly look at their bodies in mirrors while practicing, do their potential feelings of self-consciousness about their figures affect their performances?

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Shriya Deshpande is a senior and this is her second year on staff. She is the Multimedia Opinion section editor. Besides making videos and messing around with Illustrator, Shriya enjoys reading mystery novels and short stories, watching comedy TV shows and eating anything with chocolate in it.