There's a good reason why Titanic's Rose couldn't stay on her toes longer than she did. It's damn hard! Those pink silk shoes hide black nails, swollen wounds, and deformed toes. It takes much more than 8 wiki steps to become a swan.

Today is Ballet Day, so Bored Panda compiled a list featuring ballet dancers to admire their strength and grace.

While there is no record of the inaugural Ballet Day celebration, there are two explanations why it's celebrated on February 7.  Ballet was introduced to the United States on February 7, 1827 at the Bowery Theatre. Also, February 7, 1668 was the day when the Dutch Prince William III danced in the premiere of the “Ballet of Peace.”

Are you a ballet dancer yourself? Share your experience in the comments, or upload your pics to the list!

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Ballet Dancer

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LindaCottleHodge
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My Granddaughter, in picture, took 14 years of ballet and has the toes and bunions to prove it. Those shoes are cement in the toes and the covering on their toes is a thin gel layer. They are true athletes and graceful ones!

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Ballet Dancer

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LeonieBrok
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It all of a sudden doesn't look that glamerous to be a ballet dancer

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#9

Ballet Dancer

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DanielleBrown
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember these days. I danced for 13 years....I loved it, but my feet have paid the price.

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#10

Ballet Dancer

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ShelleyParker
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo is so beautiful, powerful and graceful

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#12

It Means A Lot

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LindaWendling
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once wore holes straight through the box of mine....... concrete is not a good dancing surface, but it the only way to pirouette in the rain !!!!!

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#15

Ballet Dancer

Asilda Photography Report

TwylaRisby
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

hey Debbie, is your last name Downer? Because you're kind of being one.

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#19

Ballet Dancer

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TheHandwitch
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this was a drawing, I would say the figure is not realistic. Mesmerizing photo and posture.

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#22

Ballet Dancer

Andrey Bezuglov Report

Morgiana
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The relieving back stretch after sitting too long behind a desk.

#24

Ballet Dancer

Henry Leutwyler Report

#25

Roberto Bolle

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KimKelly
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not enough pictures and recognition of male ballerinas :) They're also wonderfully graceful athletes.

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#27

Ballet Dancer

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TrillianEsposito
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a beautiful but I can't help but think of the pain involved with their love. So stunning. :)

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#28

Frozen Flight

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#29

Ballet Dancer

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#31

Rudolf Nureyev

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#32

Ballet Dancer

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#33

Ballet Dancer

Vadim Stein Report

#34

Ballet Dancer

Sarah Joann Report

#36

Ballet Dancer

Asilda Photography Report

AmandaBlanton
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does Debbie leave any comments that aren't negative?? If you don't like the art and beauty that is ballet, then why are you still viewing this post?? Mom always said, if you can't say something nice......

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#37

Training

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AngelaGriffiths
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh those first classes in pointes …… I remember them well

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#39

Ballet Dancer

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#41

Black Swan

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PandaBear
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such an incredible image!!!

#43

Lightness

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#48

After The Rehearsal

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Vinniegret
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awww. I'd rub her feet for her in thanks for the beautiful dance.

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#49

Ballet Dancer

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Hamlets twin
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like she just kicked ass in an epic dance battle

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#51

Pointe

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NinaGilman-Hawkes
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She seems a little young for pointe. I did ballet for many years and my legs weren't deemed strong enough for this until I was about 12, which was the usual age in my ballet school.

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#52

Dancing

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#55

Relevé

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#56

Before Exam

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#57

Balé

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#62

Her First Tutu

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#63

Having A Break...

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#64

Invisible Wings

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