Ballerina brides are the bestest brides, amirite? The three qualities that make for a beautiful bride—elegance, poise and a killer bod—happen to be qualities ballet dancers have in spades. And few people can rock elaborate wedding gowns as well as ballerinas, who've spent their lives performing in similarly elaborate costumes.
That's why we're stupid excited that Richmond Ballet dancer Valerie Tellmann is scheduled to appear on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" tomorrow night. A gorgeous dancer trying on a whole bunch of gorgeous dresses? We're in. We're wayyyy in. Tellmann is also bringing fellow RB dancers Maggie Small and Lauren Fagone along with her, which means Kleinfeld is about to experience a veritable ballerina takeover.
Tellmann had a sort of "SYTTD" trial run a few months back, when she was the model bride for a Style Me Pretty ballet-themed wedding shoot . How perfect is that? (photo by Jessica Maida for Style Me Pretty)
This isn't the first time a pro dancer has appeared on "SYTTD," btw. Last fall, Broadway baby Sutton Foster said yes to a seriously high-drama (naturally) dress, and was (also naturally) utterly delightful. While you're waiting for Tellmann's episode to air—tomorrow night at 10:30 pm EST on TLC!—take a look at Foster's bridal moment:
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer