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Polina Semionova Helped Create a New Fragrance Inspired by Dancers

When London-based perfume company The Beautiful Mind Series was looking for a collaborator for their next scent, they skipped the usual celebrity set and brought in prima ballerina Polina Semionova instead. "I was fascinated by what goes on in the mind of a great dancer," perfumer Geza Schoen said in a press release. Semionova's ballet-inspired scent, Precision & Grace, celebrates the intelligence and beauty behind her craft.

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Working with Schoen in the laboratory to come up with the perfect scent to capture that freedom onstage, Semionova chose a blend of fruity and soft floral notes. "I wanted to have pear and plum because they remind me of summer in the Russian countryside of my childhood," she said. "When I smell pear and plum it makes me smile."

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With the top notes focusing on fresh fruit scents like pear and mandarin, the middle notes blend Semionova's favorite plum with lighter florals like freesia and white blossom. To keep the fragrance from being too sweet, Schoen and Semionova chose a warm base that includes notes like sandalwood and pink pepper.

"When you first smell Precision & Grace it's like a breeze, so light and feminine," said Semionova. "But then there is this unusual note that I love, the pepper. This adds something deeper that gives a core of strength to the fragrance. It's like the ballet itself: Without the hidden strength, you can't make it light."

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The Ultimate Dressing Room Playlist, Curated by Nardia Boodoo

When it's Nardia Boodoo's turn to play her music in her dressing room at The Washington Ballet, it's an event. "Everyone is like, 'That's such a cool song,' and wants me to send it to them," she says. "I feel like I have the better taste in my dressing room."

That's partially because she mostly stays away from trendy pop hits, opting instead for international music influenced by her Trinidadian heritage. "I could not even tell you the songs that are on the Top 40 list," she says. "If everyone else likes it, I want something different."

Boodoo made us a playlist—mostly "groovy international music"—and told us about how she finds her sought-after songs:

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