When I was a kid, one of my mom’s way of making me lose weight was to take ballet classes. Actually, it was more of a social status thing, but definitely her excuse for exercise. For two years, I dreaded those classes; everybody else was waif-thin, and my best friend (also a chub) at that time and I were always put at the back to spare ourselves from embarassment.
I always thought I was a good dancer. I would like to think that I dance well, as a matter of fact. I don’t possess awkward moves and I can gyrate like a ‘ho. Oh well.
Loot at these ladies.
They are the stars of The Big Ballet – a unique Russian dance troupe who are about to embark on their first UK tour.
Founded in 1994 by renowned choreographer Evgeny Panfilov, the company’s aim is to challenge modern conceptions of grace and nimbleness.
Panfilov, who had built up an impressive reputation leading regular dance troupes, wanted to show that skinny people do not have a monopoly on dancing – and to prove that untrained beginners can be turned into professionals.
Initially, he advertised for teenagers weighing more than 12 stone to audition. But demand for places in the extraordinary troupe is now so high that the weight threshold has been raised to over 17 stone.
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I wanna sign up!