Ballet dancers are the epitome of grace and beauty, so dating one—or even approaching one—can be damn intimidating. But these Adonises sacrifice a lot of what we would consider “normal life” to keep their bodies in peak condition. Would you be willing to go along for the ride?
Attitude magazine sat down with three male dancers in the Royal Ballet to talk about their art, their bodies and their relationships.
“This is going to sound really bad but when you date a non-dancer… it could be a date or a long-term relationship, they are definitely going to feel self-conscious,” admits Royal Ballet first soloist Valentino Zucchetti.
“But, on the flip side,” he adds, “with me training six hours a day and them only doing it three times a week, they’re going to want to do more. And maybe they’re going to teach me how to relax!”
Dating a dancer often means forfeiting decadent meals and lazy days in bed.
“I am aware that [my body] is a very important instrument for my life,” says soloist Marcelino Sambé. “So every time I go partying I know I have to be careful not to be on slippery floors, in case I fall.”
Sambé admits he’s curtailed his wild side to some extent.
“My nights out used to be much more dancing all night. Now they’re more about sitting in a nice jazz bar and drinking a cocktail because I’m more body-aware.”
And when you’re a dancer, pain is a regular part of life.
“There’s always some niggle: a tendon, or toe, or the back, but we are so used to it. You have to ignore it and keep going and it goes away sometimes.”
But, Sambé says, his current boyfriend, a lawyer, “gives me a run for my money” in in the fitness department.
“He has a great body, so he actually helps me be on it with mine as well. But, yes, there is a certain obsession with how ballet dancers look because there’s a certain type of muscle and leanness about us, and that’s what I’ve always encountered when I’m in relationships.”