Seeing dancers perform naked can be shocking, exciting and uncomfortable. Yet onstage nudity can also showcase the body beautifully, revealing the mechanics of movement in a whole new way. Dance Magazine writers Laura Cappelle and Zachary Whittenburg spoke to several top dancemakers about why and how they use the naked body in their work. While for some it requires serious deliberation and justification, others see nudity as just another tool in their artistic arsenal.
In all my years as the son of a dance studio owner, the brother of dancers, the manager of a dancewear retail store, the husband of a dance studio owner and as the owner of seven dance studios with over 3, students, not once have I seen a dancer naked in class. Not only that, but for the most part, all dancers seem to also be wearing shoes in class! They also clog up the hallway with dance bags stuffed with apparel, hats and accessories. The lost and found department in my studio is overflowing with ballet shoes, sweaters, jackets, warm-ups, pants not sure why pants are in there and various electronic devices left mostly by siblings.
For almost a decade thousands of parents trusted prominent Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies as he told them he could make their children famous. But for almost the entire time Mr Davies operated his RG Dance studio, police claim he was taking naked photographs of female students. In recent years Mr Davies, whose students have gone on to perform in major productions such as The Lion King and Billy Elliot , is alleged to have groomed two of them for sex.
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