Ballet dancers and pregnancy

For a ballet dancer, controlling your body and maintaining the perfect physique must be a constant preoccupation. So what happens when you decide you'd like to have a baby and how do you cope with the way pregnancy changes your body and affects your ability to dance?
Why are rock-hard abs and perfectly toned triceps seen as the perfect body shape? In a news series for BBC-4 writer and classicist Natalie Haynes explores the British Museum's exhibition on the Greek preoccupation with the human form and explores how these sculptures capture and enforce the Ancient Greeks ideals of body shape.
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Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell.

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The History of the Beautiful Body

Why are rock-hard abs, perfectly toned triceps and a defined Apollo’s Girdle (the defining muscular lines that run from the hip bone at an angle towards the groin) seen as the perfect body shape? According to writer and classicist Natalie Haynes, our obsession with the body beautiful goes back thousands of years.

As part of her documentary ‘Body Beautiful: Glamour, Good Looks and The Ancient Greeks’, she explores the British Museum’s exhibition on the Greek preoccupation with the human form. We ask her how body these sculptures capture and enforce the Ancient Greeks ideals of body shape.

‘Body Beautiful: Glamour, Good Looks and The Ancient Greeks’ is broadcast on BBC 4 Wednesday 8th at 10pm.

Ballet Dancers and Pregnancy

For a ballet dancer, controlling your body and maintaining the perfect physique must be a constant preoccupation. So what happens when you decide you’d like to have a baby and how do you cope with the way pregnancy changes your body and affects your ability to dance? Laura McCulloch and Elizabeth Harrod are both Soloists with the Royal Ballet. Laura is currently pregnant and Elizabeth gave birth in December. They join Jenni to discuss the challenges and pleasures of combining pregnancy and pas de deux.

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Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestSarah Jarvis
Interviewed GuestNatalie Haynes
Interviewed GuestJulianne Miles
Interviewed GuestJulie Thornton
Interviewed GuestCarmen Nuzzo
Interviewed GuestLaura McCulloch
Interviewed GuestElizabeth Harrod
ProducerBeverley Purcell

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