Well, yes, obviously

A ballet dancer’s daily routine, in the minds of many, involves strict diets, healthy living and plenty of beauty sleep.

But one Royal Ballet star has decided to dispel the myths. Eric Underwood, a soloist with the company for the past seven years, said he wanted the public to know that dancers are no angels and enjoy nights out, drinking and one-night stands.

One of the pubs I use in Czech is right next door to the Opera House (this is a decidedly provincial one so we’re not talkint Royal Ballet stars here). So I know most of the corps de ballet. Obviously, at my age, this is the sort of thing that happens around me not to me but the sex lives are, umm, interesting, if not complicated. As you would expect: you’ve got some of the fittest (if perhaps not healthiest) young people on the planet milling about. Of course there’s shagging going on.

Smoking to keep the weight off (all the female dancers smoke, fewer of the men). The prima ballerina lives on McD’s cheeseburgers. Admittedly, it’s like one every three days but that is the diet.

And if you’re that damn fit then yes, you can have a drink of three and work if off pretty quickly.

5 comments on “Well, yes, obviously

  1. Never understood why they just didn’t employ taller dancers rather than make half short arses stand on tip toe.

  2. “Eric Underwood, a soloist with the company for the past seven years, said he wanted the public to know that dancers are no angels and enjoy nights out, drinking and one-night stands.”

    Reads like an advert more than a desire to educate…..

  3. “And if you’re that damn fit then yes, you can have a drink of three and work if off pretty quickly.”
    Depends on whether you want to maintain something close to your fitness plateau or rise above it. In my youith there were expressions of shock interspersed with semi-academic discussions about whether it would do any good when the Captain of OUBC announced that all those competing for a place in the Boat Race would have to go teetotal in the last few weeks leading up to the race. In my third year, the Captain of OUABC quietly, without any fanfare, went teetotal for the whole season. Henry Cooper left home and went into strict training for a couple of months before each of his last dozen bouts.
    If demands on your fitness are at a quantum below your actual fitness then of course you can get away with it. I once watched a guy who should have been middle-weight win on points a heavyweight bout, carrying three stone of spare tyre round his waist – I only once saw him actually box at middleweight, his opponent lasted two-and-a-half minutes.

  4. “Eric Underwood, Royal Ballet soloist, wants the world to know that dancers have a good time and are not ‘f—ing angels’ ”

    But they are, aren’t they?

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