Dancer Ingrid Silva On What It Really Takes To Be A Professional Ballerina
There's something truly arresting about the sight of a ballet dancer floating and twirling across a floor. It all looks mesmerizingly easy, but really, it's the exact opposite. Just ask professional ballet dancer Ingrid Silva. "It takes seven hours a day for months to build up to just one performance," she says, "which is why self-care is important for my body...especially my hands and feet." For Silva, who has such a grueling schedule, "everything in my world, down to my nail polish, needs to be life-proof to endure hours of practice."
That's why we partnered with Sally Hansen to travel behind the scenes with the Brazilian-born dancer. Like her Miracle Gel mani, which is more chip-resistant than traditional nail polish, Silva is tough and can survive whatever life throws at her — and do it all while en pointe. From training at the Dançando Para Não Dançar, a social project in the Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, to dancing professionally at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, her self-made journey is that one truly inspires. Check out the video below to see what it takes to make it on your own in the world of ballet.
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