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To Dance or Not to Dance In Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes

To Dance or Not to Dance In Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes

I get asked a lot, “do you think I should pursue ballet professionally?” And my immediate thought is, “If you can live without dance, do so, if you cannot, then dance.”

I say that because ballet is a subculture. That is not a bad thing, but like opera, music, and other art forms, training is intense and competition is fierce. That may be the attraction for some. Ballet attracts perfectionists, obsessed and oddly dysfunctional people, but also attracts incredibly gifted performers and brilliant broad-spectrum artists who excel at dance and related arts such as choreography, music and stage design.

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