Gia Kourlas: “For [Lauren] Lovette, a member of New York City Ballet since 2010, this pause from performance has brought some clarity. ‘I’m not going to be dancing at 94 pounds anymore,” she said. ‘That’s not going to be me.’ Since the pandemic began nearly a year ago, similar questions have been spinning in my mind: How can body image, a fraught topic for any female dancer, no matter her size, be a source of strength rather than agony? Could this pause in live performance be an opening for the aesthetic requirements of ballet — especially extreme thinness — to change?” – The New York Times

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