Baryshnikov Goes Down

Common Knee Injury Forces Postponement of International Solo Tour

Injuries sustained by dancers and athletes appear similar, but, Hamilton says, "of paramount importance about ballet dancers is that they are athletic artists. They are first and foremost artists. There are athletic aspects to their injuries, but there are vast differences between them. When athletes are getting paid a great deal of money to get in there and produce, they are under a great deal of pressure to play when they shouldn't. Dancers need to be 98 percent normal to perform: The last thing they want to do is to get out there and dance poorly."

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