Anonymous asked: do ballet companies weigh dancers?
To my knowledge, not in the U.S. I know that Ballet Florida weighed their academy girls until like 10 years ago when it caused a big scandal. It’s highly frowned upon in the U.S. (& rightfully so) but I’m sure it still happens behind closed doors.
Anonymous asked: What stretches do you recommend/do you have any tips for training to do the scorpion?
Honestly, I don’t have any life-changing, revolutionary tips or fancy stretches. Instead, I advocate for daily stretching & training (well, not necessarily taking class everyday, but as often as possible). Do your splits & wall stretch (align your butt to the wall with your back on the floor & let your legs fall open gently) everyday & for ~5 minutes per stretch in concordance with a regular 45-minute ballet barre. In my opinion, this is the best way to achieve flexibility & strength simultaneously & realistically.