A curious piece in today's Independent by their critic Zoe Anderson, ostensibly about the RB dancer Sergei Polunin but coupled with Ms Anderson's musings on the height of male dancers and their elevation
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 07711.html
Of course it depends on how you evaluate height as everyone is taller since the days of Nijinsky through better nutrition. I would say roughly that 5 foot 6" and under is short and six feet and over is tall, putting both Nureyev and Polunin in the medium bracket. How Ms Anderson comes by the notion that a male dancer must be short to be good jumper I've no idea though. The Bolshoi's Andrei Uvarov has a huge jump and must be around 6 foot 3 or 4. A tall dancer of the past was Yuri Vladimirov who had a massive jump and I think he was over 6 foot also.
Nureyev used to say that a dancer with a high extension would never have a high jump, something I've assumed to be true as currently it isn't just the girls that aim to get their toes pointing heavenwards and really high elevation is a rarity today.
Also a rarity it seems are good action photos of the ballet as the picture of Polunin does him no favours at all and certainly does not
illustrate her claim that "Polunin surges upwards, but he also holds his pose in the air, clear and bold."
For me line matters every bit as much as good elevation.