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Diminutive dancers audition for ballet school

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 01:09

April 8 - One hundred six-year-old ballerinas hope to dance their way into the School of American Ballet in New York. Tara Cleary reports.

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Starting them out young at New York's School of American Ballet. More than 100 six-year-old wannabe dancers auditioned for a coveted spot. The school's co-chairman, Kay Mazzo says most professionals start out at this age. SOUNDBITE: Kay Mazzo, co-chairman of the School of American Ballet, saying (English): "It's a profession that you end at a very early age. So by the time you're 18 you hope to be in a ballet company and by the time you're 35 or 40 your career is over." Even though the kids aren't yet physically developed, Mazzo says there are still qualities they can look for. SOUNDBITE: Kay Mazzo, co-chairman of the School of American Ballet, saying (English): "We're looking for flexibility, a turn out that you need in ballet, an arch on your foot and a musicality when they romp across the floor for us." The children here are just looking to have some fun. SOUNDBITE: Dancer Chloe, saying (English): "I love to dance, and it's like a good sport to do and I just love it." Nureyev or Fonteyn these kids are not - not yet anyway.

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Diminutive dancers audition for ballet school

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 01:09