- Mar 2, 2016
Sorry to spam the thread, but if anyone is interested: the graduation performance of Paquita 2017
Again, sorry for spamming the thread. I've been on a ballet kick lately and have found a lot of interesting stuff, and this in particular would probably be interesting to a lot of us here.
From a blog that mainly posts about Russian ballet (melmoth.blog, worth looking through if it's something that interests you):
A post about the girls height and corresponding weight at VBA
To summarize: There is actually a chart with recommended weight for height. Girls who are heavier than 50kg cannot do some elements of partnering (such as lifts) because it could risk injuring the boys. Here is the chart:
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My russian is super rough right now, but generally: top table is girls, lower table is boys. The "рост" column is height in cm and the "вес" column is weight in kg.Are you able to translate (eg what is the top table vs the lower one)?
Well, maybe it's more if they get so thin they don't have the strength to dance, rather than visually?I wouldn't have guessed that by looking at some of the Vaganova students - do you think it's true or more of a policy they've adopted to avoid criticism from outside but that everyone ignores?
Well what we see as too thin might not be too thin for them. But I didn't read this online, I heard it from students. If they're so thin that they're losing strength or it effects their growth they're told to eat more. Some students say it publicly, for example Yana Cherepanova and her mother said that Yana was told to eat more so that she'd gain a bit and grow.I wouldn't have guessed that by looking at some of the Vaganova students - do you think it's true or more of a policy they've adopted to avoid criticism from outside but that everyone ignores?
My russian is super rough right now, but generally: top table is girls, lower table is boys. The "рост" column is height in cm and the "вес" column is weight in kg.
Under the "girls" table:
Note 1: For those 169 cm, allowable weight plus/minus 1 kg. For those taller than 170 cm, allowable plus/minus 2 kg.
Note 2: Girls larger than 50 kg it is only permitted to do partnering with the support of the ground to avoid injury to the partner (essentially no lifts or anything where your full weight is on the guy)
Under the "boys" table:
Note: For those 169 cm, allowable weight plus/minus 1 kg. For those taller than 170 cm, allowable weight plus/minus 3 kg.
Another student from Vaganova I really like is Saya Okamoto, I don't think she's been mentioned here before.
Japanese ballerina's are very good. Especially if they train in Russia. I have a Japanese friend who trains in Bolshoi, she's lucky to be there though. Most of the time the Russians don't like their body shape as they're shorter.So happy to see a Japanese ballet dancer on this thread!! I know a lady here in Japan who's daughter is a ballerina. She legit told me "my daughter only eats lemons". Combine the Russian discipline with the Japanese work ethic and you get the ULTIMATE ballerina.