A retired ballerina is not old, weathered, or even done.
She's…softer, more relaxed into herself, but still a dancer.
When I finished this photograph I looked at it and saw a retired ballerina. I have no intimacy with ballet, it's just what I saw. Ballerina Wendy Whelan has said about her life, since retiring, “I’ve let my body soften... I’ve let it relax. There’s a lot of anxiety in the ballet world and nervousness...There’s this calmness that I didn’t have in ballet because I was always up so high on my toes. For me there’s a parallel between how I was dancing and how I was feeling." After decades of sewing ribbons onto pointe shoes every night, she now rehearses in socks, or bare feet, or canvas ballet flats. (Huffpost)