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What type of body do ballet companies look for!?
what type of body do different ballet companies look for!?
(eg!. australian ballet looks for long legs, small torso!.!.!.!.!.royal ballet looks for!.!.!.!.)
the example wasnt true it was only a example!.
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Most classical ballet companies look for body types for female dancers with the following measurements:
Height: 5’2” to 5’8”
Weight: 85-115 lbs
Long neck in proportion to rest of body
Slim thighs that appear to be about the same width as calves
Thin ankles and long feet
Slightly sloping shoulders that are wider than hips
Straight back with slim waistline, with torso neither too long nor too short in proportion to rest of body
Long arms and hands
Long straight legs with slight hyper-extension and minimal visible muscular bulk
Well-arched foot with all toes approximately the same length
Other criteria include:
Long Achilles tendon for deep demi-plié
Flexible lower back for arabesques and backbends
Well-stretched hamstrings for high extension
Squared-off toes for better distribution of the weight en pointe
The ideal measurements of a professional male dancer are as follows:
Height: 5’9” to 6’2”
Weight: 135-165 lbs
Straight back and slim waistline
Thigh muscles slightly larger than calves
Average head with long neck in proportion to rest of body
Wide shoulders, without overly developed trapezius muscles
Torso neither long nor short in proportion to rest of body
Long arms and hands
Leg muscles not overly bulky
Long, moderately arched feet
The same criteria that apply to women with regard to turnout and length of Achilles tendon also apply to men!. However, it is not as important for men as it is for women to have great flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back!. Men are rarely required to perform the extremely high extensions of the leg that are considered essential to a female dancer’s technique!. For most male dancers, stretching the legs to the point of extreme flexibility is considered counterproductive because it can hinder the development of the strong leg muscles necessary for grand allegro technique, the most important virtuoso aspect of male dancing!. Considerable upper-body, arm, and lower-back strength are also essential for men!. Auxiliary exercises (such as push-ups) outside the classroom are necessary to develop the extra strength needed for partnering, or pas de duex, work!. Weight lifting in excess is NOT recommended as it can produce overdeveloped, bulky-looking muscles with limited flexibility!.
Since men are not required to dance en pointe, the extreme hyper-mobility of the ankle joint essential for female dancers is not as important as a prerequisite for them!. Indeed, an overly arched foot is sometimes considered undesirable for male dancers, because it may appear somewhat feminine!.
Common Variations in Body Types
The two common leg configurations, hyper-extended legs and “bowed” legs, may be corrected by exercising certain muscles and making adjustments in proper alignment and weight distribution!. A knowledgeable ballet instructor or a dance therapist should be consulted for the appropriate exercises to help overcome such structural problems!.
PROPORTIONS OF THE TORSO
IN regard to classical line, neither a short waist or a long waist is aesthetically preferable; but it is not uncommon for excellent professional dancers to have such proportions!. Neither type is considered a hindrance to the development of technical strength!.
TYPES OF FEET
Beautifully arched feet are not only crucial to a dancer’s line, but are also essential for relevé and/or pointe work!. In order to receive a vertical position of the foot en pointe, as well as to rise to a three-quarter position on demi-pointe, the combination of the ankle and the instep must be hyper-mobile!. This hyper-mobility is produced by three joints working together: the ankle, the subtalar joint beneath the ankle, and the midtarsal joint!. Hyper-mobility is something with which an individual is naturally endowed, and it is highly valued in the classical ballet world!. “Good feet” are always noticed in a ballet audition! It should be noted that little can be done to increase looseness in tight, relatively inflexible insteps; the study of classical ballet is therefore not recommended for persons with such feet!.
A simple test for evaluating the suitability of a person’s feet for classical ballet is the following!. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched out straight in front of the body!. Keeping the knees taut, point the foot, pressing the big toe down toward the floor!. If the ball of the foot can reach a point closer to the floor than the ankle bone, the foot is suitably flexible for ballet!. The left and the right foot should be evaluated separately!.
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It's going to depend more on the body type of the ballerina's who feed the company!.
For example, Europe, Australia, NZ, US, Canada will have a similar variety of bodies though there are height restrictions (not usually advertised) in the lower to mid 170 cm's I believe!. An Asian company will have Asian body types!.
Otherwise it's really the ballet bodies - of the companies I've seen the Australian and English companies are thin but not sickly with a cariety of heights and body not types, but measures!. The Bolshei or Russian Company (sorry I forget which) were sickly thin (chest bones visible three or four rows back!.!.!.)!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
Most companies look for kind of a variety of different things:
1!. Good feet (highly-arched feet)
2!. Long, skinny legs
3!. Relatively short torso
4!. Graceful upper body & arms
5!. Good flexibility
6!. Good stage presence
7!. Ability to learn fast
8!. Good stamina
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the ideal body is long torso long legs long arms, strong stomach muscles!. very skinny and long body, limbs, etc!. strong arms and legs!. but you can still make it if you dont have that body!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
Relatively long legs, short torsos, highly arched feet, thin!. I'm in the US but I think it's pretty well universal!.Www@QuestionHome@Com