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Professional ballerina and founder of Ballet Beautiful, Mary Helen Bowers is a sought-after fitness expert with a high-profile clientele. Mary Helen trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with the New York City Ballet for ten years. She holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Natalie Portman "Mary Helen's technique ... allows anyone to achieve the long, toned physique of a dancer." Zooey Deschanel"Mary Helen knows how to make ordinary women look like ballerinas. She's the real deal." Liv Tyler"Mary Helen is wonderful! We train together using her Ballet Beautiful program doing leg work, butt lifts, and stretches. I love working out with her." Publishers Weekly, 11/28/11 "Shows off a celebrity fitness trend that could just be the next Pilates." YouBeauty.com, 6/12/12"We recommend her book not only for the easy-to-follow, illustrated exercise plan, but also for Bowers' extensive explanation about how to get into the right mindset for changing your body." People StyleWatch.com, 6/13/12"Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst and Liv Tyler as clients. If doing these ballet-inspired workouts allows us to look like any of them, we'll be donning our tutus shortly." Daily Mail (UK), 6/13/12 "The ballerina responsible for whipping Natalie Portman into shape for her role in Black Swan is giving us the chance to attain 'prima' perfection with the release of her a book." BlissTree.com, 7/25/12"Provides step-by-step exercises, as well as a detailed rationale as to why and how her program can get you that coveted ballerina-esque grace and poise, as well as a strong, lithe, dancer's body." Bookviews.com, August 2012"Filled with photos and a world of good advice regarding a sustainable health regimen rather than fad diets or overworking one's body." InfoDad.com, 8/2/12"Not just an exercise book but a book about grace, style and elegance, which ballet dancers have in abundance...The fitness routines...are an unconventional approach to toning and shaping, and will certainly be effective for readers who can stick to them." ForeWord This Week, 8/21/12"With dozens of ballet positions and exercises in [Bowers'] 60-minute workout, along with healthy recipes and meal plans to turn fat into lean muscle, this fabulous guide provides the methods for any woman to achieve the long, toned, powerful body shape of a dancer." San Francisco Book Review / Sacramento Book Review, 9/4/12