Most women at some point of their lives will ask themselves the questions: Can I be both a mother and a professional? This question is answered in a striking and touching way via the pages in Balancing Acts: The Prima Ballerina Becoming Mothers (Princeton Architectural Press). Compiled by photographer Lucy Gray, Balancing Acts follows the lives of three prima ballerinas from San Francisco Ballet—Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc and Katita Waldo—into motherhood. The photographs prove to be particularly moving because being a ballerina depends heavily on the body as does motherhood. Therefore, becoming a mother makes a ballerina emphatically vulnerable.
Main image: At nine-months pregnant, ballerina Lorena Feijoo gives a private lesson (2002)