02/05/2015 09:23 am ET Updated Feb 05, 2015

These Are The Ballerinas And Ballerinos Of Instagram

American Ballet Theater icon Misty Copeland has over 402,000 followers on Instagram. To compare, athletes like Venus and Serena Williams have 89,500 and 992,000 followers, respectively. Michael Phelps has 462,000. Danica Patrick has 26,900.

Of course, ballet is easily the most photogenic of the sports. An art form that toes the line between performance and feats of athleticism, it's filled with pirouettes and arabesques that when frozen in a frame appear like paintings or perfectly sculpted statues. Misty's Instagram account is filled with shots both on and off a stage, flexing her muscles and practicing her craft. And she's hardly the only ballerina -- or ballerino -- to grace the platform. One glimpse at the popular Ballerina Project account, followed by an impressive 641,000, and it's easy to see why dance fans are quick to double click on the endless stream of posed portraits.

We've explored the power of a ballet hashtag before. But now we're focusing on the photos we share and their ability to communicate so much about a realm built on visual splendor. Below we've compiled a list of our favorite ballet and dance-related Instagram accounts, from principals and soloists across the country to the companies that document their every performance and rehearsal with the touch of an iPhone. For those not lucky enough to live down the subway line from Lincoln Center, it's pretty astounding the degree of backstage access you can get from perusing your favorite dancers' accounts.


Sara Mearns Principal at the New York City Ballet

Laurent Liotardo Dancer at the English National Ballet

Last curtain call with @englishnationalballet for Elena Glurjidze. Thank you.

A photo posted by Laurent Liotardo (@balletandphotos) on

Misty Copeland Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre

My photographer @henryleutwyler 😘😍👓📷

A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on

Melissa Chapski Freelance

Diana Vishneva Principal at the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre

Stephanie Williams Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre

Alexandre Hammoudi Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre

First swan lake is over thank you Brisbane Australia you rock #abt #swanlake #dancerslife #firsttime

A photo posted by Alexandre Hammoudi (@alexhammoudi) on

Isabella Boylston Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

A shot from @normakamali swimwear shoot in Maui, by @ballerinaproject_

A photo posted by Isabella Boylston (@isabellaboylston) on

Desmond S. Richardson Co-founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Desmond - photo shot by famed photographer Howard Schatz!!

A photo posted by Desmond S Richardson (@desmondrich7) on

Wendy Whelan Former Principal at the New York City Ballet

Photo by Rosalie O'Connor #dancingthesuntosleep #FireIslandDanceFestival @wheeldony #liturgy #atOneWithTheSun

A photo posted by Wendy Whelan (@wendyw) on

Shiori Kase Soloist at the English National Ballet


A photo posted by Shiori Kase (@shiorikase) on

Michaela DePrince Dancer at the Dutch National Ballet

Performance time!! So excited to be doing pas de trois #swanlake .. Photo taken by Carolien Sikkenk

A photo posted by Michaela DePrince (@michaeladeprince) on

Katie Williams Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre

Lauren Cuthbertson Principal at the Royal Ballet

Katie Boren Dancer at the Boston Ballet


New York City Ballet

Tiler Peck in George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker". #nycb #sab #nutcracker #pointeshoes #christmas #flowers

A photo posted by nycballet (@nycballet) on

Dance Theater of Harlem

Kansas City Ballet

KCB Summer Intensive photo shoot 📷

A photo posted by Kansas City Ballet (@kcballet_) on

Los Angeles Ballet

Company dancers working on "The Garland Dance" from Act 1. #sleepingbeauty#37days

A photo posted by Los Angeles Ballet (@l_a_ballet) on

Martha Graham Dance

Ballet San Jose

Staying on our toes to say Happy 40th Anniversary to #RMHStanford #ShowUsYourStripes

A photo posted by Ballet San Jose (@balletsj) on

Miami City Ballet

See you next year! ❄️❄️❄️ #nutcracker #adrienneMCBphotos

A photo posted by miamicityballet (@miamicityballet) on


The Royal Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

New York Live Arts

Boston Ballet

Company dancers Diana Albrecht and Eris Nezha, perfecting a piece for the BB@home program.

A photo posted by Boston Ballet (@bostonballet) on

American Ballet Theater

Misty Copeland in ABT's Swan Lake #abt #abtheatre

A photo posted by American Ballet Theatre (@abtheatre) on



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