A principal dancer at the New York City Ballet (NYCB) has revealed that she was ‘strongly encouraged’ not to perform at the renowned troupe’s star-studded fall gala this year because of her ‘appearance.’
Ashley Bouder, 38, has been a principal dancer at the NYCB since 2005 starting her journey as a ballerina more than three decades ago at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
The 38-year-old reflected on her career in an explosive social media video posted to her Instagram in which she realized not a lot had changed from when she first started her professional career.
Recounting a story from the start of her career, age 16, Bouder said she was first confronted about her weight in Saratoga, New York, during a three-week summer season while dancing minor roles.
‘One day as I was walking down the hallway between rehearsals, I was pulled aside by an influential ballet mistress who said that the big boss really liked me,’ she said.
‘[She said that she] wanted to use me in bigger roles right…