Our dancers in the Beledi Dance Company have many body types and height variations. We also very in age, physical ability and physique. Each dancer is selected for their skill and their visual "look" in order to be pleasing to an audience, however having six-pack abs and low body fat is NOT a pre-requisite. I expected that the dance company would tell me to lose 20 pounds, or help me to get in shape, like as if Kanina was my talent agent or something! This is not the case. You are expected to keep yourself in good condition, performance-ready, and to be the best you can be on your own.