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If you’re like me, Julie Kent’s retirement from her three-decade-long career at American Ballet Theatre in June was—as “Parks and Recreation” character Chris Traeger loves to say—literally the end of an era. Kent is basically the textbook definition of a ballerina: willowy, with dainty limbs, expressive eyes that gleam with gentleness and gracefulness just seeping out of her effortless port de bras (OK, OK, so I’m getting carried away).
And while I can console myself these days with her fantastic Instagram account (@juliekentofficial) and, of course, Center Stage, I recently stumbled on this story Vanity Fair did with her last month. In it, Kent offers up four life lessons:
- Beauty can save the world.
- Success comes from many talents in one direction.
- Focus on the pursuit, not where it’s going to get you.
- Don’t forget the basics.
What a lady! Not a bad idea to share these with your students.
From Julie Kent’s Instagram account