Monday, December 13, 2010

Sugar Plum Scary

Okay, first of all I want to be applauded for my punny title.  I know, right?

Now, seriously. . .

Bad Ass Black Swan
I watched the movie "Black Swan" this weekend, and although it was an amazing movie and I couldn't wait to recommend it to everyone, I knew that my client's at the gym were going to start coming in asking for Natalie Portman's sleek physique.  I find ballet dancers to have beautiful bodies and I respect the hours of training it takes to appear like it is so easy, when I know from my limited ballet training in college it most certainly isn't.

Eating disorders and body dismorphia are common problems in the dance world, so it is no wonder there has been such a public outcry when a New York Times critic called Jennifer Ringer, the dancer playing the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, fat.

Jennifer Ringer

When you watch her interview and see her dance, you are going to think this guy is out of his f-ing mind.  I would have wanted an apology, but that's me.  If anything, Ringer is getting the last laugh.


  1. I too would want an apology. She's clearly a talented, beautiful, well trained dancer. Is this something we need to focus on? I agree with someone who posted about judging the dance, the craft..not the bodies.

    What is wrong with some people?

  2. I read about this. What a freak this guy must be. First of all, he has no right to even say that. Second of all, fat?! What a joke!! UGH, people like him make me sick to my stomach.

  3. I hate this society where too thin is the goal. It seriously drives me crazy. That NY times critic deserves to be RAKED over the coals. Stars, dancers, teens, women MY age...all battle with this stick thin image that is held up as what we should look like...I want curves, I want muscles, when did skin and bones become sexy? ok, rant over ;)

  4. This is ridiculous. Just like I was the fat gymnast at 5'3" and 115 lbs (and 9% body fat). People are insane.