Dancer to Dancer
Léa Fleytoux in ABT Studio Company class (photo by Kyle Froman)

For an aspiring ballerina, there's no more exciting place to be than the ABT Studio Company, the pre-professional arm of American Ballet Theatre. The NYC-based troupe of 16- to 20-year-old dancers trains hard and performs harder, putting on multiple shows over the course of each season. We followed ensemble member Léa Fleytoux, a gifted 18-year-old from Paris, France, on a performance day to get an inside look at what it's like to live the Studio Company life.

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It seems like ballet companies are all about breaking that fourth wall these days!

If you had fun browsing through Henry Leutwyler's behind-the-scenes photos of New York City Ballet, you'll be happy to hear that The Royal Ballet recently allowed a photographer—from London paper "The Guardian"—backstage, too, to document its latest triple-bill performance. There are shots of everything from Firebird Mara Galeazzi's elaborate makeup and glamorous headpiece to sweaty, intimate rehearsal moments with superstars (and real-life super-couple) Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg.

Take a look—it's the perfect way to while away a lazy Sunday morning.

(All photos by Tristram Kenton)

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