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Pregnant Ballerina Can Still Perform Perfect Turns

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With all the balance and grace that comes with being a ballerina, it’s hard to believe someone could still dance while pregnant. However, one mom-to-be is proving anything is possible.

On Instagram, principal dancer Ashley Bouder of the New York City Ballet Company posted a video of herself practicing her flawless fouetté turns. While the feat is impressive on its own, what’s even more astounding is that Bouder is six months pregnant.

“Still spinning away in ballet class,” she captioned her video.


The 32-year-old ballerina is expecting her first child in April, but since the start of her pregnancy, Bouder has hardly taken a break from dance. According to Metro UK, Bouder continues to perform in shows, including “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.”

Clearly Bouder is an inspiration and her Instagram fans weren’t shy about letting her know. “How are you doing this? Beautiful,” one said.

Another wrote: “Proving you can dance into your 30's AND be a mom!”

This isn’t the first time a pregnant ballerina has blown us away. Back in 2013, professional dancer Mary Helen Bowers, who is also the creator of Ballet Beautiful fitness, made headlines after she continued to dance right to the end of her pregnancy.

“Moving the body helps me so much to prevent a lot of back pain, a lot of swelling, and some of the more uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy that a lot of women experience,” Bowers previously told NY Daily News. “It's great for your confidence, too. It's nice to know you're doing something good for yourself AND the body.”

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