Katheryn - I think your friend makes a very good point.
I, too, sometimes looking at an extremely arched foot have thought "that doesn't resemble a human foot at all". Sometimes people who become immersed in a certain thing forget that the rest of the world sees things quite differently.
Look at the body builders - they think all those muscles are beautiful. Actually, to me, they look really bizarre. To a certain point those muscles are beautiful, but after that point to my eyes it looks bizarre. So it is not only the ballet world.
The ballet world can become very closed....people comparing themselves to themselves. That is very thin people comparing themselves to other very thin people, and therefore losing sight of what is really normal.
We had an interesting discussion on this in the thread in the Studio - here is the link to it in case you didn't see it: BODY PROPORTIONS
By the way one of the men in Gretchen Ward Warren's book Theodore Brunson is an old friend of mine. I was there when he took his very first ballet class.
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