21 Photos That Show the Grueling and Beautiful Side to Being a Ballerina

21 Photos That Show the Grueling and Beautiful Side to Being a Ballerina

If there is one thing we remember from Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan it’s that becoming a professional ballerina is a grueling| beautiful journey. Not everyone can do it| and those who do make it become an inspiration to aspiring dancers everywhere. While we tend to picture ballerinas in tutus and elegant costumes all the time| the reality is all the dancers spend their time in tights in the studio six hours a day| if not more| perfecting their pirouette and croisu00e9. The countless hours of training and stretching their muscles to their limits proves that ballet is not only an art| but also a sport.

And the best part is that the artistry can be appreciated by anyone. If you follow the where Misty Copeland became its first African-American principal dancer) and New York City Ballet| bring their own effortless style and athleticism to the photos| and pretty much every image so far has left us in awe. Just take a look at some of the effortless snaps ahead.

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