Por Gillian Armstrong
18 abril, 2017

La danza es para todos.

El mundo de la danza puede llegar a ser muy difícil. Antiguamente e incluso en nuestros días, existe la norma de que debes ser lo más delgada posible para poder moverte como una pluma en el escenario. Y esta costumbre dejaba fuera a todas las chicas que no cumplieran con los exigentes requisitos de las escuelas.

Pero no necesitas ser un alfiler para poder bailar, y Colleen Werner, una bailarina profesional de Nueva York, quiere demostrarlo.

Esta joven comenta que el estereotipo que tiene la danza de la mujer siempre ha sido un problema para ella, y quiere cambiarlo. Es por esto que a través de su Instagram publicó un mensaje que ha reunido más de 1.000 likes, mientras que sus otras fotos superan los 3.000. 

The dance world is FAR from body positive, and I want to help change that. • I've danced practically all of my life, and from a young age, I was socialized through the dance world to believe that my body had to look a certain way in order to succeed and be a "real dancer." As I got older, I was convinced that my body was wrong for dance. I saw photos of dancers in magazines and dancers in performances that all didn't look like me. • I started to buy into the ideal of the "ballerina body." I lost weight by disordered means, and I started to get more attention and praise in my dance classes and more featured parts. My body wasn't "wrong" when I started. There's no wrong way to have a body. I had a body that was completely capable of dancing. I had no reason to change my body other than to fit the BS aesthetic that the dance world has perpetuated. This so-called aesthetic has helped fuel many of my mental health struggles. • Yesterday during a live chat, one of my followers told me that her 10 year old niece wants to be a dancer but is on the chubbier side, so she's heard some discouraging comments. She said that she's shown her niece my account and that she loves it. It makes me so sad that a 10 year old girl is already getting negative feedback on her body. 10 YEARS OLD!!! I'm so glad that my account has been able to help this little girl, and I wish that I would have seen a community like this when I was an aspiring little dancer. • I haven't seen many other dancers in the body positive community, and I think we need to push to make a change in the narrative that is currently held. There is no wrong way to have a dancers body. It's dangerous to only represent one body type in dance companies, dance brands, and dance ads. Dancers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities, all dancers deserve to love their bodies, and it's time that we start bringing body positivity to the dance community. I've decided to start the tag #BopoBallerina to inspire body positivity in the dance world – who's with me? Please tag any bopo dancers you know – I don't know of many and I'd LOVE to connect with more! • #MyFlawsAreFierce (Photo by @paul_dubois_photography)

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La chica de 20 años habló para criticar la falta de diversidad corporal en la danza.

“He bailado prácticamente toda mi vida. A medida que fui creciendo, estaba convencida de que mi cuerpo estaba mal para la danza. Veía fotos de otras bailarinas en revistas y ninguna se parecía a mí“, explica la joven.

“No tenía un cuerpo de bailarina exitosa”, continúa.

Si bien en algún momento Colleen llegó al peso ideal de la bailarina y logró obtener los papeles principales en las presentaciones, el precio que tenía que pagar a cambio era bastante alto. Desórdenes mentales y alimenticios la agobiaron y su felicidad se vio disminuida en gran parte. 

“Mi cuerpo no estaba mal. No hay manera incorrecta de tener un cuerpo. El mío era capaz de bailar y no tenía ninguna razón para cambiarlo que no fuese para adaptarse a la estética de las bailarinas. Este estereotipo fue el combustible de muchos problemas que tuve con mi salud mental”, escribe en el pie de su foto.

Over the past few days, I've realized how easy it is to get stuck in the "bopo bubble." Because my social media is largely based in the body positive community, and I try to carry the same message into my day-to-day life, it's very easy to forget that a huge portion of the world isn't nearly as inclusive and kind as the bopo community. • When I saw that the article Yahoo wrote about me and my comments on the lack of body positivity in the dance world, I expected to get a primarily positive response because I had received such kind comments and messages when I made the original post. I received a good amount of positive responses. However, I also received some extremely negative, hurtful comments. I think what saddens me even more than the fact that these were directed at me is the fact that this is what the younger generation is seeing. This is what the little ballerinas I teach have to be surrounded by. This is what other aspiring dancers have to see – and it's just not right. • We all need to realize how much power our words have. You can't take back something once it's been said. Many of the statements that people make are completely ignorant and false. No human is perfect, so before you start jumping to judge others and their imperfections, it's important to take a step back and reflect on who you are as a person, especially because many times when we make negative comments about other people, we project our own insecurities onto them. • This just shows us that while the bopo community is doing incredible things, there's still SO much work to be done. We need to keep spreading our messages so that one day there doesn't need to be a "bopo bubble" and we can have a body positive world. • #MyFlawsAreFierce #BopoBallerina (Photo by @alexi_pix)

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La chica usó el hashtag #BopoBallerina, para que este mensaje pueda llegar a todos quienes están inmersos en el mundo de la danza y hacer saber a los bailarines que independiente de cómo sean sus cuerpos, ellos pueden bailar y sentirse bien bajo su propia piel.

“Es peligroso que sólo representen un tipo de cuerpo en las compañías de danza, marcas de danza y anuncios. Hay bailarines de todas las formas, tamaños, edades y etnias, todos merecen sentirse bellos en sus cuerpos y es hora de que comencemos a entregar este mensaje positivo”. 

La publicación de Colleen ha sido compartidas en distintas redes. Esperemos que lo que dice esta chica pueda llegar a quienes toman las decisiones en el mundo de la danza, y consideren el acto de no hacer sentir inferiores a quienes tienen cuerpos distintos al de una bailarina tipo, sino que los integren y ayuden a aceptarse a sí mismos con orgullo. 

 

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