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DMC’s: Teens Speak about Themselves

As told to Leah Gebber

The first ballet I watched was Swan Lake. I must have been four or five, and my parents had dropped me off at my grandmother’s, to go to yet another hospital appointment. Bubby already lived in a nursing home by then, but she was with-it and energetic still and was happy to watch me. There was a screen in the lounge; we walked past it as she led me to her room. But I didn’t follow her.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

pointe shoes There, on the screen, were a hundred dancers dressed in white tutus. They weaved in and out of each other; now their arms were outstretched elegantly, then they stretched up to the ceiling.

“Come on, Sima,” my grandma called.

“Grandma, I want to watch.”

I didn’t see because I wasn’t looking, but I figure she must have frowned. She didn’t want her granddaughter watching this, and she knew my parents didn’t, either. She looked at me and then she looked at the dancers on the screen. She probably thought, Well, what’s the harm. It’s just for a few minutes.

 

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