A Ballerina’s Story: How I Learned to Love My Body

Early in life, I learned to view my body as a sort of prison. While other little girls spent time playing and living carefree young lives, I struggled my way through ballet class– attempting to forcefully train my body to be graceful, obedient, and beautiful. Through my journey from student to professional, no matter my efforts, no matter how low my weight, or expertly I executed choreography, I never felt it was enough. At the root of it all, I felt that my body held me back. “If I’d only been born with narrower shoulders, higher arched feet, longer...

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