Gigi Crouch’s gorgeous Instagram photos reveal the life of a ballerina. Her dancing journey, though, has been more than just perfect balance and pointe shoes.
MTV News reports that Gigi has been ballet dancing since she was 11. At 13, she was diagnosed with scoliosis, which meant she’d have to wear a back brace for 18 to 20 hours a day and start physical therapy.
Though the 17-year-old currently has three major curves in her back, she’s never let scoliosis stand in her way. Her Instagram photos prove it.
Using the handle @scolerina9247, Gigi mixes her poised poses with elaborate landscapes. She has more than 59,000 followers and recently contributed to Instagram’s blog, where she explained she recently stopped wearing a brace after wearing one for three years.
Hey everybody! Exciting news 🙂 On Wednesday I received an out of brace X-ray. My results were the exact same as they were six months ago! Often times when living and working with scoliosis, no progression in the curve can be as great as decreasing your curvature. This has been my goal for the past couple of years and I’m so happy to be reaching it. For three years I wore a brace designed by Grant Wood for 18-20 hours a day. For a couple of months that time decreased to 12 continuous hours, then just sleeping. I’m so excited to say that I am officially brace free! The battle is not over, as I will continue to do the Schroth method of physical therapy to assure no progression in my curve! comment if you wear or have worn a brace!
On the blog, Gigi also mentioned expanding her creativity for her photos. The ballerina, who attends Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division, enjoys photography and puts a lot of thought into her poses and layouts. Her photos are visually appealing, but what she really wants her followers to take away is that nothing can stand in the way of your dreams.
“I love to try to explore new angles and poses daily to get an output that is innovative, creative and pleasing to the eye. I hope that my pictures inspire others, and show them that nothing can stop you if you have passion.”
Check out more of Gigi’s photos below.
H/T MTV News