I’m tall. I’m 14 years old and I’m already 5’10”. I tower over my classmates, and I’m always in the back row of my group dances, even though I’m a good dancer. I know I deserve a spot up front, but I worry that because of my height, I’ll always get stuck in the back. I also worry about working professionally, and about doing anything that requires partnering. Am I doomed?
Power to the tall girls! Drew Jacoby is 5’11”. Maria Kowroski and Teresa Reichlen are both 5’9″. And those lovely, leggy Rockettes? They’re all between 5’6″ and 5’10 1/2″! Consider all these strong, powerful women proof that you can, in fact, make it in the dance world even if you’re towering over your classmates.
The key is to not be self-conscious about your height, because your insecurities will show—and even appear magnified—when you’re in the spotlight. Don’t feel like you have to dance small. You can—and should!—always perform full-out.
The dance world is constantly evolving, and the stereotypical body standards are changing. Consider being tall an advantage. Sure, a long, slow developpé is gorgeous on any dancer, but on a long-limbed, super tall performer? Imagine the power that holds!
Stand tall, dance tall, and own being tall. The front row is yours for the taking.