Ballet chief supports ban on ultra-thin modelsmore...
by CHARLOTTE HGGINS for the Guardian
published: February 13, 2007
But Jane Hackett, the principal of the English National Ballet school, yesterday joined the "size zero" debate, publicly stating that the school bans students who are too thin and called on the fashion industry to follow suit.
She said: "If a girl or boy looks too thin or unhealthy, they are not allowed to dance, not allowed to perform at all.
UK ballet school bans skeletons from stagemore...
by ROSALIE HIGSON and PETER WILSON for the Australian
published: February 15, 2007
At the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, resident psychologist Lucinda Sharp said the days when dancers lived on cigarettes and coffee were gone.
"There was a time when very, very skinny dancers were fashionable, but we have a very strong holistic approach to the health and welfare of our students," she said.
Among the vocational dance schools around the world, the ABS is known as a leader.
"This is the only school in the world that has a full-time psychologist," Ms Sharp said.