Ballerina performs an exquisite routine, while riding a bicycle

19 October 2022, 20:36

Viola Brand dances on a bicycle
Viola Brand dances on a bicycle. Picture: YouTube / Viola Brand

By Sian Moore

The most beautiful, breathtaking two-wheeled stunt you’ll ever see.

It takes years of training to master the art of ballet, as any dancer will attest to.

But doing pirouettes and pliés all while effortlessly riding a bicycle? This is a talent held by only a select few, it seems.

With brilliant balance and all the grace of a ballet dancer, Viola Brand performs a flawless dance routine while simultaneously cycling around a room that all the feel of a Disney castle.

From twirling while perched on the bike’s narrow handlebars, to pirouetting at the top of the fully vertical two-wheeler, Brand’s talents are dizzyingly impressive.

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Viola used to be a competitive athlete in artistic cycling, a form of indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks. Unsurprisingly, it requires similar skills and core strength to those held by ballet dancers.

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Like, say, Lilly Yokoi, who was once considered the world’s greatest acrobat on a bicycle.

In 1965, she showcased her dance moves while balancing atop a moving bike on a television show (watch below).

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While some may struggle to simply keep their balance while manoeuvring a bicycle, for Yokoi, spinning, pirouetting and twirling while astride the two wheels appears second nature.

We suddenly feel a bit inferior. *Turns off Netflix*