I went to college for dance. It was a great program that I had a lot of problems with. You were weighed in… a lot. And your weight affected everything from your ballet grade to your scholarship. I’ll let you think of that what you will.
Some of the professors really pushed the weight thing, some tried to stay in the back of it, but only one teacher really fought it.
He was a tap teacher and a really fantastic human being. Not only did he manage to inspire confidence and perfectionism all at the same time. He also genuinely cared about his students.
There was a legend about him at school. I can’t prove how true it is, but I do believe every piece of it.
There was a girl who had come to the school as a fantastic tapper, but she had natural hips and wasn’t built like a board. So the weigh-ins pushed her and pushed her until she became really badly anorexic. It had time for adjudication, and she went in to meet with the entire dance faculty.
The department head complimented her on how much her turns had improved, the girl said, “Yes, but I’m not eating.” (more…)