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These Are The Ballerinas And Ballerinos Of Instagram

American Ballet Theater icon Misty Copeland has over 402,000 followers on Instagram. To compare, athletes like Venus and Serena Williams have 89,500 and 992,000 followers, respectively. Michael Phelps has 462,000. Danica Patrick has 26,900.

Of course, ballet is easily the most photogenic of the sports. An art form that toes the line between performance and feats of athleticism, it's filled with pirouettes and arabesques that when frozen in a frame appear like paintings or perfectly sculpted statues. Misty's Instagram account is filled with shots both on and off a stage, flexing her muscles and practicing her craft. And she's hardly the only ballerina -- or ballerino -- to grace the platform. One glimpse at the popular Ballerina Project account, followed by an impressive 641,000, and it's easy to see why dance fans are quick to double click on the endless stream of posed portraits.


We've explored the power of a ballet hashtag before. But now we're focusing on the photos we share and their ability to communicate so much about a realm built on visual splendor. Below we've compiled a list of our favorite ballet and dance-related Instagram accounts, from principals and soloists across the country to the companies that document their every performance and rehearsal with the touch of an iPhone. For those not lucky enough to live down the subway line from Lincoln Center, it's pretty astounding the degree of backstage access you can get from perusing your favorite dancers' accounts.

Dancers:

Sara Mearns Principal at the New York City Ballet


Laurent Liotardo Dancer at the English National Ballet


Misty Copeland Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre


Melissa Chapski Freelance


Diana Vishneva Principal at the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre


Stephanie Williams Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre


Alexandre Hammoudi Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre


Isabella Boylston Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre


Desmond S. Richardson Co-founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet


Wendy Whelan Former Principal at the New York City Ballet


Shiori Kase Soloist at the English National Ballet


Michaela DePrince Dancer at the Dutch National Ballet


Katie Williams Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre


Lauren Cuthbertson Principal at the Royal Ballet


Katie Boren Dancer at the Boston Ballet


Companies:

New York City Ballet


Dance Theater of Harlem


Kansas City Ballet


Los Angeles Ballet


Martha Graham Dance


Ballet San Jose


Miami City Ballet


Pilobolus


The Royal Ballet


San Francisco Ballet


New York Live Arts


Boston Ballet


American Ballet Theater


Misty Copeland

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