I Dreamed I was Anna Pavlova
When I was a little girl, I took tap, jazz and ballet classes. Like most kids, I went through a series of "what I am going to be when I grow up" phases. By the time I was 11 and had started dancing on point slippers, I was more in love with ballet than ever. I would go to the library and look at books with pictures of all the famous ballet dancers and none impressed me more than Anna Pavlova in her Swan Lake costume. I thought she was so beautiful and graceful and nothing could be more glamorous than dancing under hot lights for an audience of thousands. Thus went my daydreams.... Sadly, by the time I was 12
a major upset occurred in my life which took me away from the teacher I loved and the classes I was used to. I didn't adjust very well and ended up hanging up my toe shoes and dancing Swan Lake only in my dreams, a decision I still regret to this day. The painting is me as Anna Pavlova in my Swan Lake costume.