When you start dancing, it’s about the joy of it. You just love to move and you enjoy the challenge of striving to be better, stronger, more lovely.

As your journey in dance progresses, you start to be more aware of the physical aesthetic. We get messages that this is a thin art form. Because of the age you start ballet, it’s not uncommon to take the messages you’re receiving from teachers, artistic directors and the dance world and come to the conclusion that thinner = better.

ballet body image story

Wherever you are with your technique, it’s easy to think that if your body was different you would just look like a better dancer. You would be a better dancer.

I struggled with body image and binge eating/emotional eating for nearly 15 years. Here’s my ballet body image story :

If you’re struggling with this, I want you to know you’re not alone. Many dancer’s fall into the pattern of restricting food then going overboard. It becomes a yo – yo cycle that has a huge negative impact on your confidence in yourself and your dancing.

You can move through this struggle. Just because other dancer’s might not admit it to you, it doesn’t mean that they’re not suffering. They’re likely worrying about how they look or how they think they should look.

One of the big shifts in perspective that helped me to move past my ballet body image story was the realization that everyone is walking around much more concerned about what’s going on in their own head then what you look like, the things you consider your “flaws”, or your body.

If you’re working through body image struggles, binge eating/emotional eating issues, or how to approach food in a more balanced, healthy way considering enrolling in The Dancer’s Best Body Program – enrolling later this month you can join the VIP wait list here.

My Body Image Story in Ballet

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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