Pointe Shoes, Tutus, and Bunheads

By: Leslie Cebula
By: Leslie Cebula

Sunday a Russian dance master visited Parkersburg. Leslie talks about the years she spent in the studio learning the art of ballet.

It doesn't seem that long ago that everything in my bedroom consisted of pink ballet slippers, tutus, and music.  I can even imagine the light switch plate I had with a pair of pointe shoes painted on it!  One tradition I have continued is that  my Christmas tree is always decorated with ballet ornaments

My world was ballet.  For two summers in junior high, I left my family for five weeks in the summer to study at an intensive youth ballet program.  I loved it.  I performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker and Cinderella.  My family was supportive of my love for the arts.  My father even performed as a parent at the party in The Nutcracker alongside me and my mother was always there to cheer me on.

There's something about dancing I can't explain.  I always loved expressing myself through the classical art of ballet.  The style, the beauty, the romance, the music, and the stories.   I really danced  from the heart and it still speaks to my heart.

There were ups and downs along the way and I eventually decided to try sports, musical theater, and make time to be an average teen.  I had a great time.  I was active in high school plays/musicals, on the dance team, and in sports.  I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world but I have never lost my passion for dance.

The discipline of ballet has really helped me become who I am today and I will always hold a special place in my heart for this beautiful art.

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