"She is a painter" the teacher told them. "She is going to be inspired by your movements." I don't think I had thought about it so accurately.
I am also inspired by the dedication and physical discipline. There is a struggle with their artform much like in the visual arts. Their field is competitive and fierce. For many it has to be good enough that they love what they are doing to keep them dancing.
It is the third time I have painted dancers from this ballet school. It has always been an intuitive decision. I have always been attracted to Degas Dancers but I paint the dancers because many are very physically beautiful with poise and grace.