We were disappointed to see a modified version of this backstage photo of PNB dancer Chelsea Adomaitis is being shared on Tumblr and Pinterest (the original image photographed by Lindsay Thomas is in color on the left). The black and white image has clearly been Photoshopped to make her waist appear smaller and her foot more arched.

We want to be clear that the altered version of the photo was not made or distributed by PNB. Conversations about the health of all dancers is important, and an issue PNB takes very seriously for our Company and School. We were saddened to see our image altered in a way that may perpetuate unrealistic expectations among young dancers.