Ballerina's Legs

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I'm always in awe of the talent and perseverance it takes to be a ballerina. My heart skips a beat each time I see those bent arches and pointy feet. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across those incredible photos of Misty Copeland's legs in NY Magazine. Rebecca did an article on the ever-inspiring, beautiful and truly versatile "unlikely-ballerina" as the world of ballet calls her! Darlings, have you done ballet before? xo

P.S: There is no question that ballet is incredibly beautiful and I'm madly in love with it but it can also be very brutal. Check out this video to see how much pressure they are under. I want to hug that little girl.

55 comments:

Miss Celeste said...

whoa! check out those muscles! thats so incredible! I wish I stilled danced...but school happened. boo. school.

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b. said...

i am always so impressed by the power and control these tiny delicate girls have, and the discipline!

x.

And So I Whisper said...

Perfection, definitely!

SJ said...

you can't help but want to run to the gym or take a dance class after seeing those photos!

marissa said...

i did ballet for 13 years even though i knew i would never be able to go professional (bad feet. bad turn out.) but i still loved every minute of it! her legs are making me want to get back into it!

Tracey said...

Oh hello...those legs! Could crack a man like a nutcracker. Loving them!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

I was never any good at ballet - I have a basketball figure! hehe. I am always in awe of athletes like ballerinas - thursday i went to see an acrobatics show and was equally amazed!

Lady Grey said...

It's so crazy how muscular, and almost distorted their bodies become. My cousin is a dancer and her feet have permanently changed shape over the years... it's the strangest thing.
xo

SmartBear said...

love the photos but want to give a big hug to the little gal...
best,
Tina

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish I'd been a real ballerina.

Jenny said...

oh my gosh. I seriously have like...little girl dreams of being a ballerina. A great day for me was in college when someone mistook me for a ballet major! haha. It was awesome. (I went to the conservatory at my college, and I was at a theater lighting class that included ballerinas and "normal" students, so it was an honest mistake, but it make me happy!) hehe.

Diana Mieczan said...

Me too, Tina. I get all teary each time I watch that video.

Sara said...

Nuts. Those muscles are well defined! The pressure part -> Black Swan.

Diana Mieczan said...

Vannessa, so true! I read that their feet totally change shape over time. Its really incredible to see.

steinschmuckdesign said...

Jesus!!!!!

Kristina said...

cool pictures, crazy muscles! wow! i have never been really into ballett myself, but enjoy looking at it. and i think dancers have the best bodies, ever! :)

Melanie's Randomness said...

Sometimes I really wish I kept with ballet! I did it for 7 years. I miss it so much! =)

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Diana said...

Those poor little girls, i just couldnt watch too much of it. I do think ballet is beautiful and I was in tap, jazz, and ballet when i was three but it was for fun and nothing like that! WOW!

PS however those pictures are beautiful! <3

Shelley said...

That is one of my biggest regrets in life, that I gave up ballet when I too young to know what I was missing out on :(

Kristin H said...

Wish I had them but could not have managed to endure the pain...

Martaaa said...

wow... the pictures are stunning! i feel so sorry for those girls but at the same time so impressed. they have such incredible control over their moves and seem to be so organised with trainings and stuff...

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Krystal said...

that video is awful! good thing that craziness is probably the minority of teachers out there!

Tanvi said...

Those muscles - W.O.W.

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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

oh yes i was in dance for YEARS - but i never got legs like those, i can tell u that much! -- Joe was working at the theatre and got me toe shoes from one of the ballerinas!!!

mermaid gallery said...

most beautiful, lively legs I have ever seen!...absolutely stunning!

Diana Mieczan said...

Erika, how lucky. Those shoes are so special and Sara, you are right. Black Swan really showed the pressure part of ballet world!

Heba said...

I love ballet but too much muscles is a huge turn off for me

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Signe said...

so fascinating! looks a bit painfull though I must say :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Simply stunning and oh to have that talent!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Happy in red said...

To be honest... I don't like the sight of those legs. It's not very au naturel now is it? It's a very cruel world (like every topclass sports is when it's played/[ractised at the highest level) and there's no doubt that it's not exactly healthy either. Oh my the pressure and stress. I have never practised ballet (with 6ft I'm way too tall), but was a triathleet for a while so I know a thing or 2 about pushing the body to it's limits!

jillian m. said...

I am in love with ballet movement. Actually, I'm in love with all forms of art, but dance is simply one of my favorites.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow, very powerful!

Laura *You Stir Me* said...

this is insane!!! The pictures are so striking and powerful - I think people forget who strong and disciplined ballerinas must be!

Courtney Erin said...

Just wow! Look at those crazy muscles.

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sherri lynn said...

wow those legs are something else! I always wanted to be a ballerina...

Michelle's Style File said...

Wow- this is amazing!

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Michelle
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Amy said...

i started to watch but then I couldn't.
It makes me hurt just looking at it
but if you have a love for something you will go thru anything for it.
Amy

Michelle said...

Ballerinas are some of the toughest athletes on the planet. They don't get enough credit for being so strong yet so graceful. Great post!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Those legs are AMAZING! The incredible muscle formations are quite moving. I SO wish I'd done ballet. But, I am too curvy a woman. It probably would not have turned out well.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

ballet is beautiful!!!! but i think those legs are a little too intense for me. those legs are craaazy!

Amber Blue Bird said...

oh that poor girl, i wanna give her a hug too

Diana Mieczan said...

Michelle, I totally agree with you. They have this amazing ability to be strong yet so graceful:)

Marjorie Rose said...

So unreal.. those muscles are just beautiful and amazing..

Annie said...

LOVE ballet. Took it as a kid and miss it sooo much! Amazing what it does for your body!

Chelsea said...

holy cow! those are some amazing legs!

christine donee said...

wow that is incredible.

Maria Riazzoli said...

just beautiful and I also want to hug that litle girl...

Fashionistable said...

The 1st shot is beautiful. Xxxx

Megan said...

I cannot even fathom having that kind of muscle! WOW!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

wow. i love the strength and beauty in her legs. these are such powerful images.

Nikki said...

I danced for 18 years, and I have the ugly feet to prove it! I miss it so much.

JENNY said...

OH GOSH!! Those are some muscular legs!!!
Yes, i dont doubt at all that being a ballerina takes more than most think. I don't think I can ever be so discipline.

We should give them more credit for sure!

Diana Mieczan said...

Nikki, 18 years? That is so cool:) I would love to see you dance.

Anonymous said...

Don't feel sorry for the little girl, Oxana Skorik. She graduated Perm years ago, and the Mariinsky Ballet immediately hired her. She has won prestigeous awards and has traveled the world. She made it! You may even be able to see her dance if you attend the Kennedy Center Opera House in D.C. when the Mariinsky comes annually.
http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/ballet_mt_women/skorik/

As for Misty Copeland's muscular legs--please take note that her body type is extraordinary in the ballet world. She has a fabulous physique, which includes a large bosom, but it's not typical for a ballerina. She also began her training later than most professional dancers.

Both of these amazing women have achieved what most can only dream of!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god....that video......look, I'm a ballerina, and that girl looked my age. That is not how most ballet studios are, thankfully, because I can't lift my leg up half that high and my teachers are still very supporting and caring to everyone. Thankfully most dancers are treated way, way better than that. 😔😔😔

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