As a person who took advanced ballet for many years, I can spot bad technique from a mile away — and so can many classically trained dancers on the Internet, who are having a freakin' field day with Kendall Jenner's latest video shoot for Vogue España. Even Dance Spirit magazine is getting in on the discussion, folks, so you know it's serious. Not only do dancers claim that the clip is disrespectful to those who spend grueling hours each day perfecting their craft, but that it's also, well, dangerous. Going en pointe and twirling around with turned-in legs and sickled feet is a one-way ticket to injury — take it from someone who had her fourth toe pinned back in place after a grande jeté gone wrong back in the early 2000s.
Fashion loves ballet, and many models (Karlie Kloss, Hailey Baldwin) studied the art for years. And those who didn't now line up at Ballet Beautiful to train with Mary Helen Bowers, so it shouldn't have been too hard to find a model who could properly plié for a Vogue video. However, in a lowbrow turn of events that I am very obsessed with, Abby Lee Miller of "Dance Moms" fame (yes, the one credited with launching Maddie Ziegler's career, but is also borderline verbally abusive to her dancers and was charged with fraud in 2015) has emerged as the harshest critic of them all.
In an Instagram post that has since been removed, she wrote, "I don't make a habit of commenting on all the dancers that post pics with incorrect technique… but I can not be a fan of this shoot. There are so many amazing dancers in the world… Kendall Jenner is not one of them!" As if this wasn't bad enough, she had to drag the rest of Jenner's family into it, too. "Shame on Momager, Kris Jenner!!! She never made these kids take dance class. She better get North West to the [Abby Lee Dance Company Studio LA] before it's too late!"
North West knows her way around a tutu, but we're betting hell will freeze over before her parents let her within 100 feet of Miller.