8 Workouts From Your Fave Ballerinas to Motivate You in the New Year

As Nutcracker season winds down (and our energy with it), we're turning to the best of the best to give us a boost. Whether you've resolved to improve your strength, flexibility, balance or a combo of all three in the new year, these pros' cross-training routines are all the motivation you need to put in the work.

Ahead, check out some of the most mind-blowing moves to pump you up for your best year yet.


Svetlana Lunkina, National Ballet of Canada


Isabella Boylston, American Ballet Theatre


Tierney Heap, The Royal Ballet


Tyler Donatelli, Houston Ballet


Ludmila Bizalion, San Francisco Ballet


Iana Salenko, Berlin State Ballet


Melanie Hamrick, American Ballet Theatre


Ashley Ellis, Boston Ballet


If all else fails, laugh along with The Royal Ballet's Beatriz Stix-Brunell, channeling her inner Biscuit Ballerina.



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