Mary Helen Bowers is one of the most sought-after names in fitness today. After dancing with the prestigious New York City Ballet for a decade, Mary Helen wanted a way to maintain her physique in a way that was not only challenging but also emotionally fulfilling. With that in mind, she created Ballet beautiful, a program devised to give women the grace, strength, and endurance of a professional ballerina by using highly targeted and repetitive moves. a busy woman.

After training Natalie Portman for her Oscar-winning role in the 2010 film Black Swan, Mary Helen and the Ballet Beautiful program gained a cultlike following, and Bowers launched a series of DVDs, interactive online classes, and wildly popular live streaming videos to keep up with her clients anywhere in the world. Bowers's SoHo studio is a favorite of celebrities, models, fashion editors and busy New York City moms who crave a unique fitness experience that involves no grunting, minimal sweating and lots of pirouettes. 

Mary Helen's private client list includes some of today's most inspiring celebrities such as Liv Tyler, Zooey Deschanel, Heyley Williams, and Alexa Chung; supermodels Miranda Kerr and Carolyn Murphy; and Victori'as Secret Angels Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Doutzen Kroes, among others.

It's not easy balancing the life of an entrepreneur with being a wife and a mom. However, Mary Helen handles it all with such grace and aplomb. Her outlook on life and her sensibility are both infectious and calming. We love Mary Helen and we know you will too. 

What is your favorite virtue?
Kindness. And generosity.  Giving to others is a beautiful quality and something I really admire. 

What are your favorite qualities in a man?
Strength, kindness and talent in the kitchen too! 

What are your favorite qualities in a woman?
Loyalty and discretion -- you need a girlfriend that can keep a secret.  And cheer on and support other women, too!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A lazy morning with the family.  Strong coffee, maybe some french toast and cuddles galore!

What is your greatest extravagance?
I'm short on time these days so a long bath and a facemask feel like delicious luxuries!  

What is your most treasured possession?
Family photos.  The first photos of Lumina Belle just melt my heart!!

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother is a source of continual inspiration and support! 

What is your greatest regret?
I try to stay focused on the present and look ahead to what's next.  Life is too short for regrets.  We all make mistakes.  I say learn your lesson and try to correct as you move ahead! 

What natural talent do you wish you had? 
I think the gift of music is such a treasure and brings joy to so many.  In my dream life I would play the harp! 

What's the favorite gift you've ever received? 
Diamonds would top the list! And framed photos to treasure memories.  I have a real soft spot for antique picture frames.

What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
I would go to the Opera, Symphony or ballet! Live art is an experience that enriches so many aspects of your heart, your life, your creativity.

What is your favorite motto or quote?
I always say chase your dreams and don't let the naysayers stand in the way.

What's your favorite way to wear cashmere? 
With everything!

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Mary Helen Bowers is wearing the ballet beautiful pointelle wrap in Ivory