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How did they do that? Chinese students show off stunning ballet routine

World of Sport

These Chinese dance students have produced a remarkable ballet gymnastics display.

The Asian powerhouse is renowned for its impeccably-prepared gymnasts and synchronised swimmers, but these girls have taken it to a whole new level with this incredible ballet-meets-gymnastics routine.

What starts out as a standard display of dance soon takes on a more extreme tack as they bend and contort their bodies into anatomy-defying shapes - all in perfect unison.

Some of the moves are eye-watering and could surely only be performed by hyper-mobile athletes trained from childhood.

And that is exactly why China is so successful at such sports - from very young ages, talented boys and girls are selected, coached and disciplined into becoming sports machines.

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