Ballet Studio This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 30, 2009
Allegro, Arabesque, Assemblé
Climb those steep stairs for the third time this week with a sparkle in my eyes
The dark fraying rug comforts my run up the stairs and allows me to wonder
What will I learn, what will I laugh about,
What will I dance today?

Balancé, Battement, Battu
Open the door, I'm briefly blinded by the new red paint stuck to the walls
I've arrived at my second home
Already I hear giggling and bubbly voices of girls preparing for class
I pass the stiff brown chairs to enter the dressing room

Curtsy, Chassé, Changement
Enter the cramped dressing room and I see clothes and dance shoes strewn about
Mirrors and paintings nailed to the pale walls give inspiration whenever needed
Navigating around bobby pins and girls stretching looking for a place to put my bag
Sit on the wooden cubbies we use as chairs and put on my slippers

Demi-plié, Dégagé, Développé
Happily talk with my friends as I walk into class
The sticky wood floor shines with the sun's reflection
I stare into the floor-to-ceiling mirror, piercingly true
And jokingly question what steps it will show me today

Effacé, Échappé, Entrechat
Go to the black barre with white tape to begin class
Smile as I stretch my leg on the slippery barre
Soon class begins, and I gaze longingly at the photograph of the ballerina
Performing perfectly on pointe

Fondu, Fouetté, Frappé
Class continues and I can feel the sweat on my back
The room has the humidity of a mid-July day
The poles in the middle of the floor block my view of the teacher
As she demonstrates on the teacher's barre – cold, metal, old

Glissade, Grand Jeté, Grand Plié
Repeat the combination precisely and I
Might receive a rare compliment from my teacher
I dance the preparation
And find that same sparkle in my eyes

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Papa Kev said...
Feb. 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm
You have made me very poud!
Your interpitation an understanding of your dance is without a doubt an example of hat it is about! Bravo, Bravo!!!
martygirl said...
Feb. 4, 2010 at 6:14 am
Bravo! Clever & joyful. I knew you when...........
Olivia93 said...
Aug. 4, 2009 at 12:12 am
very nice :) expresses the joy of ballet and hard work perfectly :)
Uncle Dave replied...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 7:34 am
So beutiful.Wonderful descriptions and imagery. Congratulations on getting it Published too! Proud of you.
ccc1love replied...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 8:47 am
This piece truly makes me feel as if I am there. I can see the studio, feel the seat and the whole atmosphere.
Thank you for submitting this.
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