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16 Photos That Prove Ballerinas Are Strong AF

It takes a lot of strength to look this delicate.

1. Ballet is a truly ~majestic~ sport.

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Look at that grace.

2. But looking this flawless does NOT come easy.

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Nope.

3. To start, you have to put the time in when you're young.

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Yes, that man is pushing that little boy's foot into the floor with a cane.

4. And you have to use torture devices like this limb-cracker aka a "foot stretcher."

Whoever invented this is Satan.
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Whoever invented this is Satan.

5. Then there's the intense s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g...

My pelvis hurts looking at this.
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My pelvis hurts looking at this.

6. Which can really pay off for some people.

Well, damn.

7. After a lot of practice, you get HELLA STRONG.

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Yes, mama.

8. JUST LOOK AT THAT CALF MUSCLE.

Get it.
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Get it.

9. And then you take up flying as a pastime.

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Look. At. That. Air.

10. DAMN.

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Whoa whoa.

11. And your feet decide that you're probs never going to wear sandals again.

Sweat, blood, tears, blood, blood.
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Sweat, blood, tears, blood, blood.

12. I MEAN.

Warrior toes, people.
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Warrior toes, people.

13. And, like any difficult sport, there will be injuries.

If you're a dancer, you've definitely soaked your feet in painfully cold water before.
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If you're a dancer, you've definitely soaked your feet in painfully cold water before.

14. And there might even be surgery.

Hang in there, foot.
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Hang in there, foot.

15. But then you remember the rush of turning your body into a piece of music.

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Priceless.

16. And you just keep on killing it. And killing it. And KILLING IT.

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17. Because you're a dancer for ~life~.

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