Recently, my friend Coral and I went to Flushing Meadows Park in Corona with her au pair. (An au pair is like a nanny. Coral's dad flies back and forth to New Zealand often, so her au pair takes care of her.)
Coral has been waiting to hear about a summer intensive ballet program. I've been talking with her a lot about ballet. Coral is a very dedicated dancer. She was a regional associate back in New Zealand with their national ballet school. Now, she goes to the JKO School. However, she loves my school and applied to a summer intensive there. I'm still in the Children's Division, so I don't have ballet class in the summer. This year I'm dancing in a ballet though- seven performances starting in a little over a week.
Coral auditioned for the summer intensive program at my ballet school, but she hasn't heard back yet. They say you usually hear right away, so she's pretty worried. Do you think you guys could cross your fingers for her? It's really important to her- she wants to be a ballerina and she works very hard in her classes. I haven't decided if I want to stay with ballet when I get older. It's hard work and sometimes I get bored during class. Other times, I wish I could stay home and play instead of taking the subway all the way to ballet class. Do you think that's normal? I feel a little bit guilty since my school is well-known and most kids who audition don't get in.
Coral is really nice- she knows all about what it's like to be a kid who dances. She's been feeling sad lately because it's been a year since she was back in New Zealand. Luckily, one of her friends might be moving here. Her name is Pippa and she's also a dancer! She's coming to NYC because her cousin, who is half Australian and half American, lives upstate.
So that's the news 'round these parts. How is the start of your summer? What do you think I should do about ballet- should I keep going? I love performing, but sometimes class is so long!
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