7 Things All Chronically Ill Dancers Can Relate To

pippa at photoshoot in black ballet wear and pointe shoes with heavy make-up, sat on a counter and looking at camera taking a photo out of the shot

Since being diagnosed with my long-term condition, I’ve realised that there’s a huge correlation between professional dance and chronic illness. For me, it was ballet. I trained intensively all throughout my childhood and early teens and was lucky to enjoy some ultimate highs and accomplishments, until (in a nutshell) my underlying condition relapsed at the age of 19 and I finally discovered the diagnosis that changed my life forever. You can read more about my story here.

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Dirty Dancing On Stage at Grand Opera House York

onstage of johnny and baby in partner work dance pose
Image Credits: Alistair Muir

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 2/5

Chronic illness-friendly: 2/5

I’ve had such a good run with musicals this year that I was long overdue a not-so-spectacular one. I had really high hopes for Dirty Dancing, having purposefully avoided watching the movie so that I could see it on stage first. And, whilst it did have its moments, I have to say that we did leave the theatre feeling rather underwhelmed.

Set in the summer of 1963, protagonist Baby embarks on a family holiday as the innocent youngest daughter and leaves as an enlightened woman who’s learned a thing or two about romance… namely due to the presence of hunky dance instructor Johnny. The Dirty Dancing film is considered iconic and holds sentimental value for so many people, but how did it measure up on stage?

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