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in the World of Ballet

30 min · Documentary

In this documentary, discover how five of the world's top ballet dancers face their struggle from ballerina to motherhood.


About this Documentary

Across the globe, professional ballet dancers face a constant struggle to perform at their highest possible level. But what happens when the road to principal dancer intersects with the road to motherhood?

In this short documentary, get a firsthand look at how 5 of the world’s leading principal dancers juggle the pressures of ballet and pregnancy, finding the path from ballerina to ballerina mother.

Supported by researched statistics and personalized interviews, they share the journey of becoming pregnant, giving birth and returning to the stage through the lens of a modern day dancer. 

Featured Dancers


Polina Semionova

Berlin State Ballet, Principal
Considered one of the most iconic prima ballerinas of the 21st century, she has won multiple awards including ‘Benois de la Danse’ and ‘Dancer of the Year’ (Dance Mag, Germany). Proud mother of 2. 


Mathilde Froustey

San Francisco Ballet, Principal
Performing as a guest artist worldwide with such companies as the Bolshoi Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet, she dances on a global scale. She considers motherhood to be one of the greatest privileges of her life.


Anna Ol

Dutch National Ballet, Principal
Having performed nearly all major roles, she embodies ballet as a ‘Miss Virtuosity Award’ winning dancer and “‘Critics Choice: Dancer of the Year.’ Guest artist in opera houses worldwide. Mother to her beloved daughter.


Léonore Baulac

Paris Opera Ballet, Principal
Former student of Paris Opera Ballet School, she is regarded as one of the most elite dancers of our time. The birth of her daughter has brought new joys to her life as she continues to dance. 


Iana Salenko

Royal Ballet London, Berlin State Ballet, Principal
Dancing on world stages for over 15 years, she is a multi-award winner of elite ballet competitions including ÖTR Vienna and Varna international. Loving mother of 3.