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These Dance Stars' End-of-Summer Vacation Photos are Giving Us Serious FOMO

Gillian Murphy spent some time in Canada this summer. Image via Instagram @gillianemurphy

We'll admit it: As excited as we are for fall performance season to start, we are in deep, deep denial that the end of summer is in sight. And we're also experiencing some serious FOMO looking at the vacation photos flooding our Instagram feeds from some of our favorite dancers and choreographers. So where in the world do they go to unwind before gifting us with yet another season of incredible dance?


Maria Kowroski showing her inner Anglophile

"Downton Abbey," anyone? New York City Ballet's senior ballerina visited Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England (and showcased her boss arabesque).

Christopher Wheeldon giving us Romeo & Juliet realness in Italy

Christopher Wheeldon and his husband have been on holiday around Italy and Greece, and this shot gives us all the feels.

Gillian Murphy (and Ethan Stiefel) hiking like proper ballet dancers

They're having way too much fun with this.

Sara Mearns serving up perfect beach vibes

Because after spending almost all of your time in the studio, who doesn't need a beach day? #beachgoals

Drew Jacoby exploring Iceland (and leaving us breathless)

The landscapes currently dominating Drew Jacoby's Instagram can almost rival her dance shots for breathtaking beauty.

Lydia Wellington hiking in Greece with some fellow NYCB gals

There's some serious girl power on this hike: NYCB's Lydia Wellington, Miriam Miller, Claire Von Enck and Laine Habony.

Isabella Boylston hanging out in sunny Barcelona

And she's rocking a pretty fabulous outfit, too!

Tiler Peck chilling—on a boat!

We're not sure where the NYCB star is headed, but it looks heavenly to us!

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