16 Images That Prove Ballerinas Are Hardcore Warriors!

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If you've ever seen a ballet performance before, you know that ballerinas are pros at making mind-blowing dance moves look graceful and easy. But make no mistake: Their bodies are working very, very hard to make those steps seem effortless. These images from Buzfeed show how much strength it actually takes to look this delicate.

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1. Ballet is a truly ~majestic~ sport.

2. But looking this flawless does NOT come easy.

3. To start, you have to put the time in when you’re young.

4. And you have to use torture devices like this limb-cracker aka a “foot stretcher.”

5. Then there’s the hardcore s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g…

6. ...Which can really pay off for some people.

7. After a lot of practice, you get really strong.

8. You see that calf muscle?

9. With such muscles, you take up flying as a pastime.

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10. Soaring...

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11. But it all comes at a price in sweat, blood and tears.

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12. You can probably never wear sandals again.

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13. And, like any difficult sport, there will be injuries.

14. And there might even be surgery.

15. But then you remember it's all for turning your body into a piece of music.

16. And you just keep on killing it. And killing it. And KILLING IT.

Because you’re a dancer for ~life~.

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