Ballerinas, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

It's a Hard Life

I have always marveled at the pain dancers have to go through just so that they can look good and perform well for others. Ballet is such an excruciating activity and yet these ballerinas have to keep their muscles under wraps and appear slim and graceful.

I took the picture of their backs because it tells a fuller story of their trials and tribulations. The muscles on their backs are clearly visible almost like scars and yet if you look at their front, they look so fragile (almost porcelain like). I wonder whether these two girls were discussing their waist lines.

Photographer: SJ

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