May 14, 2014 by Nicole
This blog is no stranger to conversations around dance and body shape/size. We’ve previously talked about plus sizes in dance and how to feel comfortable in class. So I was incredibly interested that the TV network Ovation seems to be having similar conversations. On May 28, they’re launching a new, 3-part series called Big Ballet.
From the Ovation site: Ovation proudly presents Big Ballet, a three-part series that chronicles the highs and lows of a plus-size amateur troupe mounting a production of Swan Lake. Led by ballet legend Wayne Sleep, who worked through his own size issues as the shortest dancer ever to debut on the Royal Ballet stage, and Prima Ballerina Monica Loughman, Big Ballet shows the world that it’s not about the size of the dancer, but the size of the dancer’s heart.
Here’s a preview:
I’m incredibly encouraged by this project and I’m excited to tune in! Part of changing standards and the cultural attitude is normalizing what’s different. Showing larger bodies doing ballet is actually a big step in this process of helping to normalize something not usually seen, especially not in a professional setting.
What are your thoughts? Will you be tuning in?