Ballet dancers balance their art and being mothers in inspiring photo series

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Most ballet dancers lead physically demanding lives and often have short careers, especially if they want to have families. However, there are a handful of top ballerinas who are challenging the standard.

Photographer Lucy Gray followed the lives of three lead ballerinas from the San Francisco Ballet over the course of 14 years for her book, Balancing Acts. The three women — Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc and Katita Waldo — were at the top of their careers when they decided to have children and continued to dance after they became moms.

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