NYT arts critic Alastair Macaulay:
Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is “irrelevant.” Sorry, but the opposite is true. If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion.
Imagine a critic writing the exact same lines but swap out "ballet" for "burlesque." Would he live to tell the tale?