When I was four years old my mom enrolled me in ballet. I remember being out of my mind excited waiting for my first class. When that day finally arrived I pulled on my leotard and ballet shoes and practically sprinted from our car into the studio.
It took exactly two and a half classes for three things to happen: I was bored to tears, my teacher pulled my mom aside to let her know I was “a little too chubby to be coordinated,” and I developed the most wicked case of chafe from the legging and leotard combo.
Needless to say, my childhood dream of becoming a ballerina was short-lived. Not long after that I took up soccer and basketball and for a number of reasons (my distaste for wearing spandex among them) I never again attempted any form of dance.
For the most part I had come to terms with the way that all went down, until I stumbled across a collection of vintage dance photographs on These Americans. Now I can’t help, but feel like I was robbed of the only chance in life I had to strike a pose wearing an outfit made of fringe, sequins, and sheer sleeves, in other words, a trifecta of awesome.
I guess I will have to live vicariously through these girls. Have a stroll down memory lane with me and check out these vintage photographs of girls in dance uniforms:
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