Ballerina recorded pregnancy with time-lapse video of her baby bumpApril 15, 2019
Royal Ballet dancer charts her pregnancy with a beautiful time-lapse video that shows her baby bump growing every time she spins
- Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, 36, recorded her pregnancy through help of dancing
- Ballerina from London joined the Royal Opera House when she was 19 years old
- Bhavnani got pregnant with baby girl Chloe and recorded the whole process
- She used dancing in order to record the progress of her pregnancy in viral video
A Royal Ballet dancer charted her pregnancy with a beautiful time-lapse video of her spinning on tip toes – with her bump growing bigger with every turn.
Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, 36, from Kenley, Greater London, has been dancing with the Royal Opera House ballet company for 17 years, and wanted to combine her passion with the birth of her daughter.
The artist recorded an impressive video of her doing a twirl on her toes – a bourrée en tournant sur les pointes – every week after her ten-week scan.
Wearing the same dress and shoes in each clip, she pieced together each video and sped them up, to make it look like one continuous performance.
Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani, 36, from Kenley, Greater London, recorded the evolution of her pregnancy with time-lapse video of her expanding baby-bump. Pictured: Tara-Brigitte dancing while pregnant
Tara-Brigitte dancing with Chloe in a wrap carrier. Tara has been dancing with the Royal Opera House ballet company for 17 years and wanted to combine her life-long passion with the birth of her daughter
The clip – which racked up 12 million views – shows her baby bump growing with every other turn, and on the last twirl she has baby Chloé in her arms.
She started recording her videos at home every week, following her ten week scan, with the final performance two days before the birth.
In the clips she’s wearing the same floral dress and satin shoes, with her hair in a bun, and does a turn on her tippy-toes.
Each new clip starts when her back is to the camera, so it appears as though her belly is growing as she spins.
Tiny Dancer.: Chloe as a new born in her mother Tara’s arms. Tara said she was delighted with the video
In the clips she’s wearing the same floral dress and satin shoes, with her hair in a bun, and in the final frames she introduces baby Chloe
Tara-Brigitte, who is originally from Canada, said: ‘I did a series of vlogs when I was pregnant, a lot to do with dance.
‘It’s always been my passion and love. To combine it with my pregnancy in such a special way felt perfect.
‘I also thought it would be a lovely video for my child to look back on.
‘Actually some weeks when I felt sick I really didn’t feel like it, but I did it anyway.
‘Sometimes I didn’t feel like putting on the dress and shoes, but the show must go on. I guess that’s part of the dancer mentality.
‘It was my little show every week, and I’m delighted with how it turned out.’
The dancing mother found she was pregnant with baby girl Chloe in 2017 after marrying her partner Vignesh in 2015. Pictured: Chloe waving playfully at the camera with Tara-Brigitte and her dancing shoes in the background
Tara-Brigitte said she did not go back to the stage after making her pregnancy official but maintained her ‘level, of fitness to a certain degree.’ Pictured: Tara stretching while holding Chloe
Tara during her pregnancy with Chloe. The ballerina can do up to eight shows a week and appearance in more than 2,000 performances
Tara-Brigitte studied at Canada’s National Ballet School as a child, before spending six months at the Paris Opera Ballet School.
She joined the Royal Ballet in 2002, and has appeared in more than 2,000 performances, with roles including Empress Elisabeth in Mayerling, and Bathilde in Giselle.
She met her now-husband Vignesh, 36, a project manager, in 2012 and they were married in 2015.
Tara-Brigitte – who can do up to eight shows a week at her busiest – found out she was pregnant in April 2017.
The dancer said she suffered from morning sickness in the early stage of her pregnancy and would show up at rehearsals anyway
‘Petit rat de l’opera:’ Chl;oe smiling while resting on her mother’s tutu. Tara started recording her videos at home every week, following her ten week scan
Tara-Brigitte with husband Vignesh, 36 and newborn Chloe. Tara recorded the last twirl of the video two days before the birth
She suffered with sickness in the early weeks and months, and even had to run off stage during a rehearsal, before she had told all of her colleagues she was expecting.
‘Unfortunately I was doing a stage call for one of my roles and I started retching,’ she said.
‘Everyone was like “what’s going on”. Thankfully it was just a rehearsal and their wasn’t an audience.
The dancer would still attend ballet classes during her pregnancy and said she felt it would have been too much of a shock on her body to stop dancing completely. Pictured: Tara in the early stages of her pregnancy
The ballerina hopes her story sends a positive message to the dance world. Pictured: tara in the later stage of her pregnancy
‘A couple of days before I had said to my director that I was pregnant and that I was staring to feel nauseous.
‘He was very, very understanding.’
She carried on dancing on stage for a few more weeks, but then had to take some time out.
‘Some people can continue to dance up to four to five months pregnant,’ she said.
‘Everyone is different. Some people stop as soon as they find out because they are worried something bad might happen.
‘I didn’t go back to stage, but I continued to maintain my level of fitness to a certain degree.
Chloe was born at Croydon University Hospital weighing 6lb 8oz on December 5, 2017. Tara said she had received a lot of positive comments after her video. Pictured: Tara and Chloe at home
Mother and daughter duo. Tara said she had always loved taking videos and pictures and took inspiration from other women’s pregnancy videos
‘I would come in and do regular ballet classes and that kept me in shape.
‘It would have been a shock to my body personally if I had completely stopped, but everyone is different.’
Chloé was born at Croydon University Hospital weighing 6lb 8oz on December 5, 2017.
‘I always loved taking photos and videos, long before cameras on phones,’ said Tara-Brigitte.
‘When I found out I was pregnant I started looking at other peoples videos of their pregnancies.
‘I was so excited to do my own and this was one of my ideas.
‘I have had a lot of comments from women about how great it is I’m proud of my post-birth belly.
‘It’s a big deal in the dance world to be proud of it, and I hope it sends a positive message.’
Tara-Brigitte went back to work last summer, and is currently performing in her first stage role as a new mother, as Rosaline in Romeo and Juliet.
To watch Tara-Brigitte’s vlogs, visit www.youtube.com/brigitteballet
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