ABSTRACT

Dancers rely on their bodies not only to earn a living, but also as the instrument for communicating their creative ideas. The necessary focus that is placed on the body’s physical fine tuning at times causes an almost pathological attention centered on its inner conditioning and outward appearance. The ever-present classroom mirror, which continually casts back the dancer’s own image, is a diabolical contributing factor. The reflection of each newly gained pound, each newly added facial wrinkle, each newly developed muscle, is carefully analyzed with devastating accuracy.