Many parents put their children into dance not knowing the strain in may have on them.

Some teenagers grow up in the dance world and have such stress and anxiety they take it out on their bodies.

How can we inform people of the dangers the image of dance can have on individuals?

Being a high level ballet dancer, you need to take exams that allow you to move on into your ballet career. These exams start out at a very young age and move up into your late teens.

Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors. Placement is based on age and experience, but above all, the ability to cope with the steps in that level.

All levels and ages are seen in this source… Ballet Levels

Source: shaywarddance.com

To keep up with the “natural” Ballet Dancer physique, there are many ways dancer made themselves thin.

“In the dance world, Andrea says, disordered eating is a part of life, and her school was no exception. Eating in the cafeteria “where everybody is watching you,” she recalls, was one of the most difficult times of the day. She was lucky in that she didn’t have to constantly diet to meet her teachers’ approval; instead, she exercised as a way of staying fit. While some students suffered from anorexia, the most prevalent disordered-eating behavior was purging. Yet “there wasn’t any type of discussion about it, no help or anything like that,” says Andrea.”

Source: Ballet: Extra Vigilance for At-Risk Kids | Psychology Today by Nancy Matsumoto

 Ballet dancers have to be thin and strong, and it definitely takes a toll on the mentality of a dancers life.

Ballet is hard. It’s hard on the body; it’s hard on your confidence. To be a successful ballet dancer, you need to be strong both physically and mentally.

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