I've kind of talked about this before from a personal perspective in Soft Blocks and Soft Blocks, and even to a degree in Would they be interested... and from the way in which some people decided to view 'Girl'.
Equally because of 'rule 34' there's lots of smut with ballet themes (and often dreadful pointe shoes- imagine even smuttier version of 'Models doing Ballet').
However, there is another aspect to the fetishisation of dancers and that is fetishisation within the dance community. I'm a lucky person in that in my ballet journey so far, I've met some fabulous professionals who are really interested in being inclusive of recreational dancers regardless of how long we have been taking class... but this isn't about them either...
There are handful of my ballet buddies who for want a better term I'll call 'vocational school survivors' and some of them did go on to dance with decent companies for a relatively brief period, however the realities of the abusive norms of 20 or more years ago caught up with them and they got out with their sanity and just about their health...
So where is the fetishisation?
So what happens when they want, a few years later, to take class ,especially if they are now outside of London , which pre -Covid had a panopoly of Open classes at all levels?
Here in lays the issue... and 'that question' rears it's ugly head...
Normally, for a recreational dancer, a teacher who you've not take class with before might ask "where do you usually take class?" or "how long have you been dancing?", however for someone who appears to be vocationally / professionally trained , the question is subtly different but instantly says ' you've been rumbled' - " so, where DID you train? "
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