In recent weeks, it seems that ballet has barely been out of the news. First there was the young dancer Sergei Polunin's shock exit from the Royal Ballet, a story that rocked the dance world and sent reporters scurrying around in search of motives. Then, over the weekend, came reports that the Italian dancer Mariafrancesca Garritano had been sacked from Milan's prestigious La Scala. This, too, was a colourful tale: Garritano claimed her training at La Scala's ballet school had pushed her and many of her fellow students into severe body dysmorphia and eating disorders; she argued that one in five ballerinas now suffer from anorexia, and suggested many are unable to get pregnant as a result. La Scala dismissed her for "damaging the image" of the company.
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