Tag: eating disorder

Help! I Think My Friend Has an Eating Disorder

Nadine Kaslow, a psychologist who works with dancers at Atlanta Ballet, says one of the most common questions she’s asked is, “What should I do if I think my friend has an eating disorder?” Research shows that, compared to the general population, dancers are three times more likely to suffer from eating disorders. Experts agree […]

One Dancer Reveals How an Eating Disorder Almost Ended Her Career

At age 23, Djouliet Amara is a successful professional dancer signed with a talent agency in NYC. She’s studied at The Ailey School and even danced in “Memoria” with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Having performed at City Center and appeared in numerous commercial campaigns for brands like Forever 21, Refinery29, and Danskin, it […]

Starving Artist

Christina Ilisije in a recent performance of Kate Skarpetwoska’s A Stray’s Lullaby (by Masato Kuroda) I wish I could say I didn’t fulfill the dancer-with-an-eating-disorder cliché, but I can’t. My struggle started when I was a dance-crazed teenager, nitpicking more than just my technique in the mirror. As a type-A gal, I thought of losing […]

Battling Body Dysmorphia

  What you see isn’t always what you get: Dancers with body dysmorphic disorder have a distorted perception of their appearance. (Illustrations by Lealand Eve) When dance student Monica developed hips a few years ago, she began struggling with new insecurities. Now 15, Monica remembers staring unhappily at her body in the mirror. “Eventually, I […]