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Discovering A New Art

By Kate878, West Windsor, NJ

My entire view and knowledge of ballet changed completely when I enrolled at a ballet academy in the fourth grade. Prior to this monumental year, I, a naive child,  had been fooled by the grace of profession dancers, and I had innocently believed that ballet was a simple, easy art that rarely required any thought. I was to be proved entirely wrong.

       Starting from the first grade, I'd attended various "kiddie" dance schools, each run by a single, amateur dancer.  My parents had dumped thousands of dollars on these playful, fun, relaxed schools for three years. To be honest, I actually enjoyed these classes. They were play sessions for bouncy, energetic children. They provided charming childhood memories, and I smile today when I think of my experiences there.

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