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    Celebration. Choreography - Christopher Gable CBE. Dancer - Sumire Takimoto. Photo - Bill Cooper. by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr

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Celebration. Choreography - Christopher Gable CBE. Dancer - Irène Savary. Photo - Bill Cooper. by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr #arabesque

Code. Choreography - Sharron Watson. Dancer - Evita Pitara. Photo - Bill Cooper. by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr

Code. Choreography - Sharon Watson. Photo - Bill Cooper by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr

Behind the scenes. Photo - Sarah London Photography by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr

Behind the scenes. Photo - Sarah London Photography by Central School of Ballet, via Flickr

The Big Ballet is a troupe of dancers from Russia who weigh a minimum of 220 pounds each. Let’s not pretend you need to be a certain weight to be able to perform fouetté en tournant.

  • Hanna Scully

    It's is very sad that some people are judging a person who they have never met. They don't even know how hard she has even worked.

  • Erica Simonson

    Yes, and over and above that I don't even understand where some people get off even mentioning her weight or whether or not she is fit. Who asked you? I myself am borderline obese but you won't find anyone who works harder to lose or just keep from gaining. This is a photo of DANCE.

  • Skye Parks

    Ballet/dance is an amazing way to express yourself, and everyone should be able to do it, no matter what your size.

  • Hanna Scully

    Yes I agree

  • Clara Todd

    I have mixed feelings about this... ballet is one of those things where you definitely need to be a certain weight. It's intense, you're on your feet. 100ish pounds is better on your toes than 200. At the same time, these ladies are pretty accomplished.

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Eric Underwood and Melissa Hamilton in Infra. by Royal Opera House Covent Garden, via Flickr

Alexis Polito - Joffrey Ballet by Gina Uhlmann

Ballet beautiful

  • Erin Mulder

    wow that looks painful!! very cool picture!! love that it's black & white.