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Dancing can be a great way to get in some exercise! Not only can it be a great workout, it can increase flexibility, endurance and strength! If you’re bored with what you’re currently doing, or have.

Prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso as Odile in Swan Lake.   Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso as ‘Odile’ in act III of “Swan Lake”, circa late Amazing dancer -- she danced BLIND. She lost most of her vision as a teenager and used the bright stage lights near the orchestra pit to orient herself.

don't try this at home! However, it's a great example of how the foot should look IN the pointe shoe. Arch is forward and on top of the toes. Ankle is aligned above the toes. The toes are NOT crunched or crinkled under.    Good work!

This is what ballet dancers en pointe are actually doing once you remove the shoe. Stay like that, very painful and then you appreciate that ballet dancers aren't stupid


Ballet Royale Institute of Maryland is proud to welcome Caroline Rocher! Picture: 'Scheherazade' Alonzo King's LINES ballet, Caroline Rocher

Natalia Matsak ~ Photography by Gene Schiavone

Natalia Matsak and Denis Nedak (Ballet of Ukraina) in “Swan Lake”. Photo by Gene Schiavone