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!

#1

Ballet Dancer

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LailaKjærgaard
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5 years ago

Wooow it is a wonderful picture <3

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Ballet Dancer

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LindaCottleHodge
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5 years ago

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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#3

9-months-pregnant Ballerina Is Still Dancing

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AmberCross
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5 years ago

beautiful

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#4

Ballet Dancer

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LiekeMuller
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5 years ago

What a powerful image!

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#5

Maria Kochetkova

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DenisevanderJagt
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5 years ago

just hangin' around...

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#6

Ballet Dancer

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CarolynJurgens
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5 years ago

Incredible!

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#7

Ballet Dancer

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LeonieBrok
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5 years ago

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

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#8

Ballet

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ErikaRossini
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5 years ago

Amazing!!!

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#9

Ballet Dancer

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DanielleBrown
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5 years ago

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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5 years ago

This photo is so beautiful, powerful and graceful

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#11

Ballet Dancer

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CarolStapleton
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5 years ago

Grace, love it

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#12

It Means A Lot

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LindaWendling
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5 years ago

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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#13

Stairwell

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JamisonFrances
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5 years ago

Ouch!

#14

Ballet Legs

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MeireFerreira
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful

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#15

Ballet Dancer

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TwylaRisby
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5 years ago

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

Holly Marchant
Community Member
1 year ago

Debby, here's a news flash for ya about your opinion, IT SUCKS.

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KevinHough
Community Member
5 years ago

I have virtually no understanding of the Ballet. However, I have an understanding of athleticism. These ladies are incredible and dedicated athletes.

ErinLynchWeber
Community Member
5 years ago

People have bones. If you're fit, and you bend, and you stretch your skin, you SHOULD see bones. Totally healthy. Don't buy into the hype so much.

BrookeVenning
Community Member
5 years ago

Agreed. And you can often tell the difference between extremely fit and unhealthy thin because the unhealthy thin ones also tend to have arms and legs that are skin and bones, and you can count most of their ribs and vertebrae... Starving yourself burns muscle after the fat is gone. This dancer still has healthy tone, you just barely see her ribs in that position, etc. She's very lithe but she looks healthy.

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SolaraJean
Community Member
5 years ago

It's true that ballerinas are thin but you can see vertebrae on most people. It's normal. If seeing pics of thin women offends then don't look at galleries of ballet photos!!!

FernPorras
Community Member
5 years ago

Ballet should be made an Olympic sport. Dancers have bodies that are as conditioned as any gymnast. Ballet could replace Curling.

VickieCorner
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd love to see what your figure would be like Debbie if you did 45 hours of dancing a week... (And no, that number isn't a lie) 5 days of 6 hours rehearsals. +5 evening Shows of 3 hours and for some, another 6 hours on a Saturday for matinee and evening show.

RichardPetch
Community Member
5 years ago

I am an over weight 71 yr old disabled male but can still do that but not for long or I would lock in that position.

NancyFox
Community Member
5 years ago

I am 68yrs.old and can still do this with ease!

AdrianTaylor
Community Member
5 years ago

Just wait till you're 69!.....I'll see myself out.

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NigelBrown
Community Member
5 years ago

Sometimes in life u pay a high price to follow ur dream

RichardDiser
Community Member
5 years ago

Debbie, you are one of the worst cases of jealousy-driven bitterness I have ever seen. The only worse one is my sister-in-law, who hopefully will fall off a cliff headfirst sometime (and is also named Debbie). Try calming the hell down and dealing with the fact that Mommy couldn't pay for your ballet classes. She was probably too busy paying for your food.

Holly Marchant
Community Member
1 year ago

Debbie, why are you such a conceited horrible mudblood of a human? Everyone is getting mad at you and the only reason for that is because your causing this madness. These people work so hard every day, and you are doing nothing. Your comments are from 4 years ago, and your still doing nothing. I'm sorry if your life has been horrible, but take a look around, because there is more to people than meets the eye. Being a dancer is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, and what do you do? You post the worst and horrible comments. You should just ask yourself, why am I doing this? Because you need an answer.

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Abby_Welborn
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5 years ago

and I can't even touch my toes... :/

DeannaPerez
Community Member
5 years ago

Strong AND beautiful!

Jean
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't think its being a downer, to show the work that is involved, that Art demands a price.

TrillianEsposito
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow. I just sat here and read all these comments I still find it surprising that there are so many uninformed people in this world. Twyla, btw, I absolutely love your name, your response if wonderful. When I saw these pictures all I could think of was how hard they work for something they love.

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#16

Little Russian Ballerina Arina

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ErikaRossini
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5 years ago

Cute

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#18

Ballet Dancer

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TrillianEsposito
Community Member
5 years ago

Just beautiful!

#19

Ballet Dancer

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TheHandwitch
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#20

Ballet Dancer

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TrillianEsposito
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW!

#21

Fly

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ElenaBerardinucci
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5 years ago

Bellissima

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#22

Ballet Dancer

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Morgiana
Community Member
5 years ago

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

#23

Ballet Dancer

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Heysax
Community Member
5 years ago

Gorgeous! Best one!

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#24

Ballet Dancer

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#25

Roberto Bolle

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KimKelly
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5 years ago

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

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#26

Ballet Dancer

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TessaKrellner
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5 years ago

coolio

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#27

Ballet Dancer

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TrillianEsposito
Community Member
5 years ago

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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AndyThornhill
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5 years ago

I love the beauty and power

#29

Ballet Dancer

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#30

Ballet Dancer

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DenisevanderJagt
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5 years ago

somehow, that doesn't seem humanly possible.

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#31

Rudolf Nureyev

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MónicaElisabethSacco
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5 years ago

Eternal Nureyev.Always in my heart.

#32

Ballet Dancer

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#33

Ballet Dancer

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#34

Ballet Dancer

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#35

Ballet Dancer

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TessaKrellner
Community Member
5 years ago

Those calfs tho..... wow

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#36

Ballet Dancer

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AmandaBlanton
Community Member
5 years ago

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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#38

Ballet Dancer

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Hamlets twin
Community Member
5 years ago

She's her own marionette!!

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#39

Ballet Dancer

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#40

Ballet Dancers

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SusannaVesna
Community Member
5 years ago

I love this one!

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#41

Black Swan

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PandaBear
Community Member
5 years ago

Such an incredible image!!!

#42

Symmetry

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LeoRosa
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5 years ago

Ballae is much better without the shoes

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#43

Lightness

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#44

Ballet Dancer

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Sofia Bellucci
Community Member
4 years ago

this is the woman that was resting at picture 36

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#45

Ballet Dancer

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Vinniegret
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1 year ago

He is flying!

#46

Terk Lewis

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MaryTonningsen
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW!

#47

Violinist Dancer

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amandajhudson95
Community Member
5 years ago

Omg! Meee

#48

After The Rehearsal

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Vinniegret
Community Member
1 year ago

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
Community Member
5 years ago

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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5 years ago

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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#53

Anastasia Matvienko

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MaryTonningsen
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#54

First Ballet Show

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MaryTonningsen
Community Member
5 years ago

Aw, so sweet and sincere!

#55

Relevé

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#56

Before Exam

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#57

Balé

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#58

In The Wings

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Christine M Quigley
Community Member
1 year ago

You can feel the anticipation..

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#61

Her First Pair...

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Oderay Sancho-Dávila
Community Member
1 year ago

Too young to be on pointe!

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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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#65

Ballet On West Avenue Qc Philippines

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Community Member
5 years ago

I love ballet. ☺❤

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Ballet On West Avenue Qc Philippines

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#69

Stretching Out

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AndrewHipkins
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5 years ago

Very elegant-love that you've captured a natural and unposed pose.

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Ballet At Resorts World Manila Philippines

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Ballet On West Avenue Qc Philippines 2

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Ballet On West Avenue Qc Philippines 3

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