Frostine, who graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in fashion design, documents her gigs on her Instagram @frostineshake.Here, Frostine quickly poses during an impromptu shoot.

(Due to time constraints, her ribbons are untucked.)I started formal ballet classes at the age of 6 or 7 and continued until I was 16 or 17,” Frostine told BuzzFeed.“I just could not meet the demands of my instructors, and I didn’t really want to either,” she said.

“I started to explore different types of dance that gave me freedom to express myself in a body-positive way,” she said. “Burlesque showcased my love of dance, art, music, and fashion.”A few of Frostine’s childhood dance friends had become ballet teachers, so Frostine paid them a visit.

“They helped me brush up on my skills, and they allowed me to go at my own pace.”“I get most of my posing, hand movements, and gestures from the grace of ballet — it makes me feel elegant and strong.”“If your goals are to become a principal dancer, don’t give up like I did,” she said. “But also remember to put your dignity and beliefs first.”