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An English National Ballet dancer revealed she has faced criticism for her decision not to wear traditional pink tights on stage.
American-born ballerina Precious Adams performs in brown tights that more closely match her skin colour, arguing she wants to 'look her best' in front of an audience.
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Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 23-year-old star said she had the support of ENB director Tamara Rojo but admitted some traditionalists think her costumes are 'incorrect'.
'When I was a student I never really thought about the uniform — it was just pink tights and pink shoes,' Miss Adams said.
Tights - Sense
But once she turned professional she realised the tights no longer 'made sense'.
'It changes the aesthetic — you want there to be continuation between your upper and lower body and there’s a big disconnect if I put pink tights on,' she continued.
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For traditionalists, pink tights and the tutu are an integral part of the art of ballet.
'They’re like: "But pink tights, that’s what ballet is",' Miss Adams said. 'They think me wearing brown tights in a tutu is somehow "incorrect".'
Ballerina - Canton - Detroit - Dance - Companies
But the ballerina, originally from Canton, Detroit, explained dance companies would have to embrace new ideas...
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