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This Video of Sara Mearns Is All the Weekend Rehearsal Motivation You Need

New York City Ballet principal and all-around superhuman, Sara Mearns, has always been candid on social media. Whether she's had a poor performance or she's enjoying a day off at the beach with her dogs, she gives us a glimpse of the highs and the lows—which is one of the reasons why we love following her so much. Also on that list? Her killer workout routines.

Mearns may not be the only ballerina into cross-training, but we can always depend on her to document her gym time and the progress that comes along with it. Earlier this week, Mearns shared the below clip from her gym sesh, where she oh-so-casually practices her arabesque while holding an intimidatingly large weight behind her head.


Going from arabesque to a front knee lift and into a squat, Mearns makes it look as easy as if she were warming up with some pliés at the barre. Obviously, that's not quite the case, as Mearns has been using cross-training for quite some time.

But even through all of the hard work, Mearns showed that she can still have a little fun, playing Drake's "Started From The Bottom" while she completed her latest challenge (which seems appropriate since she worked her way up to the weighted exercise by practicing her arabesques on a Bosu ball, and then while holding hand weights, first).

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Earlier this month, 15-year-old American dancer Ava Arbuckle was one of eight scholarship winners at the Prix de Lausanne. For her classical selection, Arbukle, clad in an ultra-feminine, rosette-covered tutu, performed Flora's variation from The Awakening of Flora, Marius Petipa's 1894 one-act ballet about the Greek goddess of Spring. Back in 2007, historian and choreographer Sergei Vikharev reconstructed the work for the Mariinsky Ballet, with Evgenia Obraztsova, then a soloist at the Mariinsky and now principal at the Bolshoi Ballet, originating the titular Flora.

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National Ballet of Canada's Chelsy Meiss wearing the personal "Dying Swan" tutu of Canadian ballet star Evelyn Hart. "Our costumes have the ability to transcend ballet lineage across countries and through the past, present and future," says Meiss.

Traditionally, ballet costumes are made to have a life of 20 to 30 years. But they sometimes remain in use for much longer, being worn and altered to fit dozens of dancers. Multiple rows of hooks and bars show this progression, but it's more apparent inside the costume, where numerous labels can be found bearing the names of all past wearers.

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Yesterday, the first of Nike's new Common Thread video series dropped, and we were thrilled to see that it featured dancers; namely, Dance Theatre of Harlem member (and June/July 2017 Pointe cover star) Ingrid Silva, and Florida-based ballet student Alex Thomas. Even better, it's narrated by tennis phenom Serena Williams. This series of short videos celebrates Black History Month by focusing on representation in sport. (We're not crazy about ballet being called a sport, but we'll let it slide.) In each installment, athletes united by a common thread discuss their passion, and the lack of role models they saw in their fields while growing up.

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