I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet written by retired New York City Ballet (NYCB) Principal Dancer, Jenifer Ringer.
She writes openly, honestly, and with great grace about her lifetime of experiences in the world of ballet. She takes the reader on a journey from the time when she was a small girl and first started dancing, through her struggles with her body image, up until the apex of her impending retirement from NYCB.
This semester, I had the opportunity to blend my passion of dance and movement with my psychology training in a class called body-oriented psychotherapy. The class covered a variety of topics including somatic (ie body) methods from Feldenkrais and yoga, to foundations of dance therapy. We were given the opportunity to move and experience these methods weekly.
I was recently sitting over a heaping pile of pasta speaking to my boyfriend about the dance industry. He was asking me to explain more about the pressure to be extremely skinny. I told him the following story: