TurtleDove, I get what your saying and I do agree that the critic has the right to mention her body (because it DOES effect the way a dance move looks whether people like it or not). It's his job to do so and using puns isn't all that uncommon for reviewers at all. Reviewers often have unpleasant things to say about shows they are writing about so seeing something hurtful to the performer isn't unusual either. Even if we or the performer don't like it, if the show just plain sucks, or the actor/singer/dancer is wrong for the part and/or are unattractive (and looks/physical attributes do matter when it comes to performance), then the critic is completely entitled and expected to say as much. (We must also remember that reviewers are also human, so with that comes a certain level of subjectivity and personal taste.) And lets be honest, there is some part of us (general population) that loves to read reviews where performers get torn apart. On that, I think you and I are in total agreement. What I disagree with you on is how this writer in particular did it. His pun was just way off base and innaccurate.
Most puns that critics use at least have some basis in truth or at least can be justified, even if they are mean. He can't justify this one. Not in the slightest. I read his entire review and he made it very clear that he didn't like SGF's performance. In fact the only dancers in the show he seemed to enjoy were the kids/younger dancers and the dancer who played Coffee (who, as it were, is incredibly thin). He also apparently didn't like the way SPF and the Cavalier looked, which is completely fine and he would have been well within the confines of his job to say that. However, to throw out a comment like that that is so blatantly cruel without even being able to back it up is just an example of poor writing and clear bias; not a critic doing his job. Surely there were much better ways for him to express that he didn't like her body or that it wasn't what he expected from a ballerina. Like I said before, if she had actually been a larger sized girl, while his comment would still have been hurtful, it would have been a valid critique and defendable as a statement. His was just a pun for the sake of being clever, which frankly, it wasn't. A child could have come up that that. I expect more from someone who is supposed to be of his caliber and expertise. All of that is what I personally take issue with.
Now, do I think he should apologize? No. Even if I find what he wrote completely wrong and distasteful, he still gets paid to say it and if Jennifer (the ballerina in question) isn't asking for one, then who am I to demand one ya know?
You of course are free to disagree with me but that's just what I think about it.