We Can't Get Enough of This Beautiful Transgender Ballerina
World, if you haven't already, meet Jay Ledford.
She's an incredibly gifted 18-year-old student at the Kirov Academy of Ballet with lines for dayyyyys. She's also transgender. And describing her as inspiring is a bit of an understatement.
Jay began transitioning relatively recently, and has been documenting her journey on Instagram. She's an active advocate for transgender youth, the kind of role model that so many young people—inside and outside of the dance world—need right now.
When Thomas Forster isn't in the gym doing his own workout, he's often coaching his colleagues.
He shared six of his top tips for getting into top shape.
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The one problem? Pointe shoes have traditionally only been designed for women. Until now.
Misaligning the Spine
Clenching the Toes
Giving In to Extreme Hyperextension
Using Unnecessary Tension
Pinching Your Shoulder Blades
Getting Stuck in a Rut
Dance Magazine recently asked him about how he got this career, and what it takes to thrive in it.
2. Feel worthless and alone? You slump your shoulders, avoid eye contact with your teacher and fellow dancers, and wish to disappear.
—No Longer Anxious, Philadelphia, PA