Many ballet fans' hearts broke when New York City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan announced in August that she was taking leave from the company to "focus on some medical issues."

Morgan, who's been one of our favorites since before she graced our January 2008 cover, has had a long-term struggle with hypothyroidism (an under-functioning thyroid). The condition is difficult for anyone to deal with, but it's especially devastating for dancers—it robs you of energy and causes weight gain.

But leaving NYCB doesn't mean she's stopped dancing. Morgan has been performing with Mobile Ballet, where she danced growing up, in her hometown of Mobile, AL. (She's also, by the way, started an adorable blog: ifthepointeshoefits.com)

The Mobile Press-Register just posted some lovely photos of Morgan as the Sugar Plum Fairy in MB's Nutcracker. (Her cavalier? None other than NYCB principal Amar Ramasar.) NYC fans may still be feeling bereft, but it's good to know this beautiful ballerina is happy, healthy—and onstage, where she belongs!

(All photos Jeff Kennedy/Press-Register)

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