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Why Was I The Only Girl Who Knew?

I began taking classes in “acrobatics” along with ballet at Miss Devine’s School of Dance when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I continued with dance lessons at a more serious New Jersey School of Ballet until I was in high school. I missed the acrobatics as I continued ballet classes, and friends who were taking ballet lessons with me learned of a private gymnastics instructor who worked in his garage at his home. Mr. K. was a middle aged, fun guy whom we learned to trust with our lives and limbs as we let him “spot” us during dangerous maneuvers. He needed to have his hands on our young bodies to keep us safe in our sport. We took classes in his garage for a few years. Ballet served me well when I became a member of my high school gymnastics team. Competing in the floor exercise event requires a degree of graceful dance moves to be incorporated into your routine. I was competitive in high school for 2 years until my family moved to a new town where the high school did not have a gymnastics team.

Young stroke survivor, mother, champion equestrian, tambourine player, storyteller,

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