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Work and Pain

June 21, 2011
By skywriter PLATINUM, Hood River, Oregon
skywriter PLATINUM, Hood River, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"The first draft of anything is crap."

Toes taped
Ribbons tied
Muscles flexed
I’m ready to fly

We are at the barre
Dipping down
Raising our legs far above us

First right
Then left
Circling around
Smiling at the mirror

I grasp my foot
And raise it
High above my head
gritting my teeth
I release my hand, but hold my foot there
Just for a moment

I spin across the floor
My toes are screaming
Still I smile

Sweat is dripping off my back
My tight bun is loosening
My toes are being tortured

Dancing is not a whim
Dancing is a way of life
Once you start
You either quit
Or you endure the pain

Dancers don’t quit

To all those who say dancing is not a sport-
Let’s see you attempt that

The author's comments:
I am a dancer of twelve years, and it always infuriates me when people say ballet isn't a sport.

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This article has 1 comment.

on Sep. 5 2011 at 2:15 pm
Right! Im A Dancer Too. And When People Say "Oh Dancing Is Nothing Anyone Can Do It" I Say "Well Let Me See You Try" Then It Ends Up To Where They Can Even Put Their Feet In First Position.