Marianela Núñez and Thiago Soares launch eating disorders unit

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Royal Ballet principal dancers Marianela Núñez and Thiago Soares have helped launch a £1.2 million adult eating disorders unit. They have worked with Professor Jon Arcelus, who is a consultant psychiatrist at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, to raise awareness of eating disorders among other dancers and staff in their industry. The Leicester Mercury quotes Núñez as saying, While […]

Sacked Italian ballerina is just an attention seeker, or a victim?

Mariafrancesca Garritano (aka Mary Garret) who denounced anorexia in the La Scala school and company, and was sacked by the Milanese theatre two days ago, hasn’t been backed up by all her colleagues. Eleonora Abbagnato, who is also 33 like Garritano, told La Repubblica newspaper, Nothing of what she says is true. I have worked with […]

A ballerina speaks out: Mariafrancesca Garritano, La Scala soloist, talks frankly about the eating-disorders which plague the company


Sant’Ambrogio (Saint Ambrose)  is Milan’s patron saint, and on his Saint’s Day, 7th December, Milan’s opera house La Scala opens its new season. However, one of the ballet soloists has chosen the eve of this glittering occasion to speak with The Observer about problems in the company. Mariafrancesca Garritano is 33, and has been at […]