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.