What Taking Beginner’s Ballet in College Taught Me About Perfection in the Professional Ballet World

I have been doing ballet since I was four years old. From little tutus to pointe shoes to stage makeup, I have experienced all the ups and downs of being a dancer. Yet, I never truly felt like a ballerina. The girls who wore black leotards and their hair perfectly slicked back without any wisps around their faces with their perfect arches and turnout attending class at company studios in New York were ballerinas. Me with my dirty tights from wearing them to class and church because they…