A Ballerina Steps Off The Stage And Into The Ring

September 17, 2014 3:19 PM

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By Lori Weiss From the age of 7, all eyes were on the little ballerina with big potential. But with her purple turtleneck body suit, that doubled as a leotard, and bangle bracelets she wore for good luck -- Leslie Short wasn’t exactly the stereotypical prima ballerina. Yet there was something about her that caught the eye of just about anyone who saw her twirl.

“We had a neighbor who used to dance with the Philadelphia Modern Dance Company,” Leslie explained, “and she’d watch me playing outside, twisting and turning and doing cartwheels, and she saw something in me. So when she heard the Pennsylvania Ballet Company was looking for little girls, she asked m...

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