As dancers, we grow up hearing stories of other dancers, both boys and girls, with eating disorders. Maybe it was an older girl, a friend, or even ourself. It’s an awful aspect of our beautiful art. With so much pressure to look a certain way — or weight — these days, it unfortunately doesn’t look like it’ll subside soon.
“Bad Body Double” by Imogen Heap brings some of those ugly feelings and thoughts to light. And so, we as dancers can bring them into movement. We can tell the stories of with distorted body images and peer pressure.
This song does have the “B-word” in it, but since it’s so long, it might need cut down for a suitable length piece for performance or competition. There’s also an instrumental version, which could also be a great piece of music to experiment with in the studio.