Event Title

The Relationship between the Western Ballet Aesthetic and Eating Disorders Among Female Dancers

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

20-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 3:30 PM

Student's Major

Theatre and Dance

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Julie Kerr-Berry

Mentor's Email Address

julie.kerr-berry@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Theatre and Dance

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

In the western culture female ballet dancers are frequently seeking to achieve the ideal feminine body. This paper examines the elements that are inherit in ballet that continuously lead to the ideal feminine body. The criteria to become a ballerina, and achieve the ideal feminine body, is extreme and the outcome is often extreme. To understand why ballerinas go beyond extremes to achieve the ideal feminine body is demonstrated by research of the history of ballet, the way ballerina’s train, personal ballerina testimonies, who controls the western ballet aesthetic, and the western cultures idea of beauty. The research supports the relationship the western ballet aesthetic for female ballet dancers has with eating disorders.

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The Relationship between the Western Ballet Aesthetic and Eating Disorders Among Female Dancers

CSU Ballroom

In the western culture female ballet dancers are frequently seeking to achieve the ideal feminine body. This paper examines the elements that are inherit in ballet that continuously lead to the ideal feminine body. The criteria to become a ballerina, and achieve the ideal feminine body, is extreme and the outcome is often extreme. To understand why ballerinas go beyond extremes to achieve the ideal feminine body is demonstrated by research of the history of ballet, the way ballerina’s train, personal ballerina testimonies, who controls the western ballet aesthetic, and the western cultures idea of beauty. The research supports the relationship the western ballet aesthetic for female ballet dancers has with eating disorders.

Recommended Citation

Chmiel, Samantha. "The Relationship between the Western Ballet Aesthetic and Eating Disorders Among Female Dancers." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/poster_session_B/9