Size Matters? The Saga Of The Large Bolshoi Ballerina

Volochkova weighs in at just under 110 pounds on a 5-foot-6 frame. How could Bolshoi Ballet star Anastasia Volochkova be too heavy at 110 pounds on a 5’6″ frame? The Bolshoi fired her this week for being too big. “In the anorexic world of ballet, that qualifies her as a virtual Amazon, as one U.S. reviewer called her after a performance at the Kennedy Center earlier this year. And in the conspiratorial world of Russian ballet, her abrupt dismissal qualifies as a scandal of major proportions, flavored by a lively debate over her physical shape, the mysterious public disappearance of her onetime dancing partner and dark hints of shadowy money men quietly pulling the strings from backstage.”