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Talking Top Tens: Mary Helen Bowers

Founder of Ballet Beautiful


Mary Helen Bowers is one of the most sought after names in fitness. A former ballerina with the New York City Ballet, Mary Helen’s signature Ballet Beautiful method is inspired by ballet and designed to give anyone a dancer’s toned, elongated and powerful physique. Sought out by A-list celebrities, supermodels and thousands of people around the world, Ballet Beautiful is the go-to regime for anyone seeking a targeted and highly effective workout with incredible ballet-based results.  

And more with Mary Helen Bowers…

What do you love most about your work?

My clients! I absolutely adore the amazing women that we work with. They inspire me so much!

Go-to workout song on your most recent playlist:

I love a workout environment that is peaceful and calm so that I can focus on myself and my clients! Sometimes I won’t use any music at all but I do love beautiful classical music. Piano concertos are some of my favorites and I of course adore dancing and training to Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Your motto in life:

I think it is so important to be true to yourself, and your dreams. Don’t listen to the critics, work hard and stay focused and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!

Your go-to power outfit:

My Ballet Beautiful Sweetheart leotard, satin slippers and tights!

You decompress each day by:

Enjoying a nice evening and meal with my family. When I walk in the door I put my phone on airplane mode so we can all catch up and relax, and then I will pick it up again after everyone is in bed. If I have the time I love taking a hot bath with Epsom salt and coconut oil for the skin to pamper the muscles and really relax. 

Your whole day was just canceled and your schedule is wide open, what do you do:

I spend a lovely day with my family! If the weather is nice, we would have a picnic in Central Park! A quick run to the market to pick up a few healthy pre-made salads, bread, cheese, fruit and chocolate and we would enjoy a nice meal al fresco. Afterwards the kids could play in the park and we would have a relaxing afternoon. 

Something you never see going out of style is...

Ballerina flats! They are simple and elegant, and always add a chic, classic look to any outfit!

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

I recently curated some nail polish shades with Formula X and am still obsessed with them! I currently have Satin Slippers on my hands, and Ballet Barre on my toes! 

Your last takeout order:

A big green salad with avocado, tomatoes & organic roasted chicken. 

Cocktail of choice:

I love a nice glass of red wine!