This Ballerina's Instagram Is Giving Us Major #MondayMotivation

We love a good, flawless dance picture more than anyone. Case in point: Our daily Facebook Photo of the Day posts that serve up some seriously stunning poses and inspiration. But, we also know that dance isn't always that glamorous. It's hard, grueling and rarely picture-perfect. And that imperfection is exactly what makes Russian photographer and dancer Darian Volkova's Instagram such great #MondayMotivation. She showcases the real, gritty and dirty side of balletand reminds us of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into achieving those breathtaking performances.

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

But it's not all work, work, work. She also posts insanely gorgeous photos that show the end results of all of that effort and dedication. It's the perfect reminder of what's on the other side of that blood, sweat and tears. (Plus, we're living for her insider backstage shots and self portraits.)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Sceenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

(Screenshot via @darianvolkova)

Scroll through her entire feed here and have a great Monday bunheads!

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