You have to be born with a perfect body to become a ballerina and part of the reason why Natalie Portman is so phenomenal in the role is because her body is in total proportion.
Only someone in the dance world would be able to see that her hands and her spine were not quite perfectly positioned enough for someone dancing Swan Lake.
I’ve read criticism that he is too dark to be believable — I disagree.
[Jerome Robbins, who died in 1998, was one of the most brilliant choreographers and a harsh taskmaster.
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Nina also self-harms, tearing at her shoulder blade until it is raw.
It is something ballerinas learn at a very young age.
In every ballet school attached to a company, there is a culling of dancers at the end of the year.
In one scene, her mother buys her a cake to celebrate winning the Swan Lake role.
She initially refuses to eat it and when she finally has a tiny bite you can see the distaste on her face.