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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
10 central coast • new south wales COASTING DANCE ® Kelly Turner's Don't be fooled by the porcelain-like features and graceful demeanour: Kelly Turner is tough. She has to be. Kelly, 18, of Glenning Valley, has just been accepted into the graduation year at the prestigious English National Ballet School, in London. She leaves next month. "It's a dream come true," she says excitedly. But with the gain comes some pain. "You don't realise how hard it is. But if you love ballet enough, it's all worth it, and I love hard work. If it wasn't so hard, it wouldn't be as good." By David Stewart The physical and emotional demands of ballet at the elite level are gruelling. And then there's the discipline, and the sacrifices. Consider, for example, that Kelly chooses to carefully monitor her daily calorie intake. And when quizzed about her social life, she says "What social life?" "I see my friends maybe once every couple of months. But I can't go out socialising like most teenage girls. But I don't regret it. I don't feel I'm missing out on anything." How hard is ballet dancing, physically? "I'm constantly in pain," she says straight up. "I'm dancing five or six hours a day, all week, so my body is constantly sore. "On top of that, we need to be going on runs, and doing cardio work outside of dancing. It's very physical." Kelly enjoys putting in the extra work. That's why she starts her daily routine with 90 minutes of yoga at 6am. "Yoga's really good for developing the core strength that a dancer needs to hold positions," she said. And then there's the body conditioning work, including pilates, which she'll do twice a day. "And during breaks in dancing we'll do push-ups, sit-ups and lots of stretching. We're constantly doing stuff..." PASSION: Kelly Turner's soft and graceful style belies her physical strength, fitness and discipline. Picture by Hilary Cam - email firstname.lastname@example.org . DECISION: Kelly said she had no regrets about the sacrifices she's made in pursuit of her dancing dream. Picture by Aaron Brown.
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