We Asked Five Stars The Biggest Misconception About Dancers— They All Said the Same Thing

We love learning new things about our favorite dancers through our "Spotlight" Q&A series (like Sterling Baca's obsession with spiders!). One of the questions we always ask is: What's the biggest misconception about dancers?

After a while, we began to sense a pattern in the responses. Here's how five dancers answered the question (warning: this may make you hungry!):


Amar Ramasar

His answer: "That we don't eat very much. Quite the contrary, we eat a lot!"

When Ramasar isn't busy dancing with New York City Ballet or showing off his acting and singing chops in Carousel on Broadway, he's hitting happy hours with his girlfriend and fellow NYCB dancer Alexa Maxwell. Oysters are protein, right?


PeiJu Chien-Pott

Her answer: "That dancers don't eat. Some of my friends cannot believe how much I eat."

Relatable. The Martha Graham Dance Company star hits up one of New York City's trendiest ice cream spots on her day off. We, too, would need to cool down with a sweet treat after all those contractions.

Sterling Baca

His answer: "That we don't eat!"

Baca and his girlfriend and fellow Pennsylvania Ballet dancer Nayara Lopes seem to know that food is the best part of baseball games. (If you don't count those very graceful and dancer-ly stretches, that is.)

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