Harper’s Bazaar recently just broke the “art lovers” Internet after releasing this spread. Misty Copeland, first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, recreates Edgar Degas iconic paintings and sculptures. I can’t get enough of these! Degas’s ballerinas rank fairly high on my “obsessed” list and my daughter’s new love affair with ballet makes it even more relatable to me.

In the article Misty says, “It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there’s movement,” Copeland told the magazine. “That’s what I think is so beautiful and difficult about dance too. You’re trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving.”

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“As, seraph-like, from out the dark clouds’ chorus,
With softness woven, graceful, light, and fair,
Resembling Her, in the blue æther o’er us,
A slender figure hovers in the air,—
Thus didst thou see her joyously advance,
The fairest of the fairest in the dance…”

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“Thus didst thou see her joyously advance,
The fairest of the fairest in the dance…”

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