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"A Very Young Dancer"


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#16 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:01 PM

I don't know that it would have discouraged a very determined young dancer. From what one can glean from the article she was always somewhat ambivalent about ballet. Perhaps all those absences speak for themselves.


Yes. I should have said "a driven young dancer," not "very driven." To be a professional you have to NEED to dance, not just like to perform.

As for the absences, I do wonder why she was so frequently absent. When I didn't want to go to ballet when I was a kid, my parents made me go anyway. It does seem like she had absent parents and that there's more her family background than the Times story went into.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 05:45 AM

From what one can glean from the article she was always somewhat ambivalent about ballet. Perhaps all those absences speak for themselves.

I agree with this. The sense I got from the article was that, even at a young age, she was looking for something else and that something else wasn't the ballet. The fact that she studied religion, was associated with a monastery and is now active in an evangelical church gives some indication of where her true interests lied.


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