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Mary Helen Bowers

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Mary Helen Bowers
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationDancer, fitness professional, author
Years active1995–present
Known forBlack Swan
Spouse(s)Paul Dans
Parent(s)Fred & Carrie Bowers
WebsiteOfficial site

Mary Helen Bowers (born 1979) is an American celebrity fitness guru, entrepreneur and former New York City Ballet dancer originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Alexander Graham Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina before leaving for New York.[1] She was a full scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan at fifteen years old. One year later she was invited to join the New York City Ballet. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Columbia University in New York City. She danced with the New York City Ballet for a decade.

On June 12, 2012, she released her book, "Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer." Her list of clients include Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Liv Tyler. Other celebrities include actresses Kirsten Dunst and Dakota Johnson, model Helena Christensen, Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Rachel Antonoff.[2][3][4][5]

Bowers helped train actress Natalie Portman for the Oscar-winning performance in the 2010 movie, Black Swan. She is married to Paul Dans, a lawyer and a controversial Trump Administration appointee at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, [6] with whom she has a daughter.[4][7]


  1. ^ Lacour, Greg (December 24, 2010). "Creating a swan for Hollywood". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Ballet Workout at Home: Mary Helen Bowers – Style News StyleWatch –" Archived October 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Find the Ballerina Within With Mary Helen Bowers | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag" Archived August 8, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Mary Helen Bowers on 'Ballet Beautiful' – Lifestyle – Eye –"
  5. ^ Erbland, Kate (October 26, 2018). "Dakota Johnson: 'Suspiria' Is the 'Landmark Moment' of Her Career". IndieWire. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
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  7. ^ "Charlotte Magazine 2011"

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