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Ballet bodies laid bare in new photography exhibition

By Ben Kelly

It’s no secret that ballet dancers are some of the fittest athletes out there, putting their bodies through extraordinary paces to be in the best shape possible for their performances.

In this new exhibition, What Lies Beneath, dance photographer Rick Guest displays ballet dancers in all their glory, posing in the various items of clothing they wear to rehearse. We picked out some of the male dancers for your viewing pleasure…

Dancer and model Louis McMiller


Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Steven McRae


Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Federico Bonelli


Junior Soloist with English National Ballet, Cesar Corrales


Liam Riddick, dancer with Richard Alston Dance Company


Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Thiago Soares


Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood


Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson MBE



Finally, Sergei Polunin, principal dancer with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre


You might remember from his dance to Hozier’s Take Me To Church…

Rick Guest: What Lies Beneath is exhibited at The Hospital Club, London until 31 January. Book tickets here.