<img src='http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/140219181033-royal-ballet-johan-kobborg-alina-cojocaru-horizontal-gallery.jpg' width='300px' alt='The book includes intimate portraits of the off-stage lives of dancers including Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, and Federico Bonelli. Here, Alina Cojocaru and fiancee Johan Kobborg rehearse.’ style=’float:left;padding:5px’ />
The book includes over two hundred photos, encompassing glimpses of rehearsals and dancers backstage and performing. “The book is more of a story than a collection of individual pictures. It shows a day in the life of a dancer, from daily class and rehearsals to backstage preparation and performances,” says Uspenski. Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet by Andrej Uspenski. Photos courtesy publisher Oberon Books . HIDE CAPTION Ballet dancers fight through pain to perfect their art, and are often seriously injured Patrick Rump is taking revolutionary training techniques from sport to the ballet stage Rump works with dancers at the Royal Ballet, the Forsythe Company, and others But can he break ballet’s notorious “code of silence”? Editor’s note: Art of Movement is CNN’s monthly show exploring the latest innovations in art, culture, science and technology. London, UK (CNN) — Alina Cojocaru had been one of the Royal Ballet ‘s biggest draws for half a decade by the time her career crashed to a halt. The minute Prima Ballerina — praised as ” a dancer of seeming fragility, delicacy and radiance ” by The New York Times — was rehearsing in 2008, when she was flipped by her partner, skewed awkwardly and slammed to earth. She suffered severe whiplash and a prolapsed disc in her spine and was forced to rest for over a year. At 25, doctors told her she would need surgery, and would never dance at the highest level again. The battle Behind ballet’s graceful pirouettes are grueling feats of training and endurance that push dancer’s bodies to their extremes. Male ballet dancers fight stereotypes How Matthew Bourne brought swans to life Rest is a rare luxury. Some dancers perform 200 to 250 days a year, leaving just over 100 days to train and recover. Rehearsals can require 10 hours a day on the floor. It is hardly surprising that critics often refer to dancers — especially the hard-worked young apprentices in the corps — as the “foot soldiers” of ballet.