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#BalletBeauty InstaMeet: Exclusive pictures inside the Royal Ballet dressing rooms

Six Instagrammers and make-up artists spent time with dancers of The Royal Ballet to capture their getting-ready routines.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

2 June 2016 at 6.14pm | 6 Comments

On 3 June 2016, a group of Instagrammers and make-up artists were invited to the Royal Opera House to take part in the first ever #BalletBeauty InstaMeet.

InstaMeets are events where people gather to take photographs of a particular place, event or activity and upload them to their Instagram account.

The Royal Opera House’s #BalletBeauty was the first ever Beauty InstaMeet in London – and the first time Instagrammers and beauty industry experts were given access to the Royal Ballet dressing room.

Six Instagrammers were invited to spend time with five dancers of The Royal Ballet; Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Gemma Pitchley-Gale, Leticia Stock, Olivia Cowley, and Tierney Heap – to capture their pre-performance routines.

You can view the whole event on Instagram by searching #BalletBeauty. Here are just some of the beautiful images captured:


The Brighton-based artist and photographer delights almost 500k followers with her quirky Instagram creations. During the InstaMeet, she spent time with Soloist of The Royal Ballet Olivia Cowley.



Instagrammer Dolly Brown, focuses on art, dance and culture in the capital. Brown has been listed as one of the best photography Instagram accounts to follow.

Fancy feet at the Royal Ballet @royaloperahouse #balletbeauty   A photo posted by Dolly Brown (@londonlivingdoll) on



Make-up artist and Beauty Reporter for CNN is interested in exploring the stories behind make-up and what makes each woman feel beautiful. Here she captures a moment with the dancers trying on their practice tutus.



Instagram Community Editor Hannah Waldram found out more about the padding used in each dancers’ shoe.



Make-up artist, Carol Morely who has worked on several famous faces including Benedict Cumberbatch and Food Blogger, Deliciously Ella, snapped First Artist Leticia Stock making some finishing touches to her look.

Want us to host another InstaMeet?
Let us know what you’d like to see by commenting below or tweeting @royaloperahouse


All the ballet dancers that took part in our #BalletBeauty InstaMeet are on Instagram – follow their accounts: Anna Rose O’Sullivan (@annaroseosullivan) Gemma Pitchley-Gale (@gpg8), Leticia Stock (@letistock), Olivia Cowley (@missoliviac) and Tierney Heap (@tierneyheap)

This article has 6 comments

  1. Daniela Casati Fava responded on 9 June 2016 at 8:03pm Reply

    Beautifull pictures

  2. Just love this article. The Documentary style photos are fabulous...Love it!!

  3. Rebecca responded on 2 July 2016 at 5:30pm Reply

    Great idea-I would love to take part in this! Please do another one! I'm @bexhhy! Love the 1st pic!

  4. Antonella Di Franco responded on 7 August 2016 at 5:16pm Reply

    Yes, I'd love it if there were another InstaMeet! I'd be up for it. My instagram is :)

  5. Steve Charleson responded on 20 July 2017 at 9:01pm Reply

    I just love the Royal ballet com. I often wonder if you realise how much pleasure you give us by taking us away from reality into world of fantasy for two hours. anyone that has some sort of problem should watch a ballet, it is so calming and so good for the heart and soul. Love you to bits. Thank you Steve x

  6. Stephen Charleson responded on 28 August 2018 at 8:19pm Reply

    My grand daughter and I are smitten with the Royal ballet and wondered if it would be possible to acquire a signed photo from any of the female dancers. It would be highly cherished and passed down though the generations of my family. Thank you. Steve.

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