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Ten photos of seriously hardcore ballerinas

Rick Guest's new exhibition explores the dark side of dancing, featuring ballerinas as you've never seen them before

If your image of a ballerina is someone pink and fluffy twirling around to Disney, then this new addition to the London photography calendar will make you appreciate 'Swan Lake' on a whole, new level. Photo-mastermind Rick Guest reveals the reality of life as a ballerina in 'What Lies Beneath'. Ignoring all the gloss and tutus, he focuses on tough training regimes and the impact that they have on dancers' bodies. It also features Guest’s long time muse, The Royal Ballet’s Principal Edward Watson and Artistic Director of the English National Ballet Tamara Rojo. We've picked out some highlights below to get you in the dancing mood...

1) Sergei Polunin:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

2) Eric Underwood:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

3) Melissa Hamilton:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

4) Edward Watson:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

5) Marianela Nunez:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

6) Tamara Rojo:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

7) Edward Watson:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

8) Sarah Lamb:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

9) Edward Watson:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

10) Zenaida Yanowski:

Photo: Rick Guest, What Lies Beneath, ballerina and ballet dancer photographs

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Claudia V

Only female ballet dancers are ballerinas.  These dancers are amazing athletes.  It seems derogatory to call the male dancers ballerinas.