The Pain Of The Dance

In the dance industry, where careers can be made or broken before the performers finish high school, and in which a freak injury or simple old age (defined as “older than 30”) can doom even the most talented individual, the competition to be “discovered” is intense and sometimes psychologicaly damaging. Sylviane Gold spent the summer following one 14-year-old hopeful through physical agony, teenage mind games, and ultimately, the triumph of a dancer’s spirit.