If you call yourself a “bunhead", you've seen the movie Center Stage. It's ballet's pop culture classic--and for some dancers outside of New York, it may be their first time seeing American Ballet Theatre principal Julie Kent. Since she appeared on the big screen as the famous Kathleen, Kent has become an icon of beauty, leaving us in a state of endless admiration.

Here, Kent performs the pas de trois from ABT's production of Le Corsaire with fellow principals Ethan Stiefel and Angel Corella. As each press lift and penché takes her from one man to the next, she performs with a calculated precision that leaves us breathless. The beginning of her variation is one of the best moments—she enters with sweeping port de bras, and begins each turn with ease. Kent is another great who will retire this year, but she has left a permanent beauty mark on the stage. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

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