Kennett Square Teen Follows Her Dream of Becoming a Ballerina

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Image of Paige Young via the Chester County Press.

From a very young age, 18-year-old Paige Young from Kennett Square knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up, writes John Chambless for Chester County Press.

And after Young told her mother she wanted to learn dance, her parents signed her up for Longwood Performing Arts dance classes, and that sparked her love for ballet.

“Someone gave me a DVD of the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker, and I remember watching that,” said Young. “Watching that was my first experience with real ballet.”


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Young continued taking classes at Longwood until three years ago. She realized she needed to go somewhere that would give her the chance to focus on being pre-professional, such as The School of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia.

Young successfully passed the demanding auditions and earned admission to the school, where she is now a trainee.

“The hope is to get a job after a traineeship,” said Young. “Usually you’re a trainee for a year or two. Then you possibly join a second company or studio company.”

Read more about Paige Young in the Chester County Press here.

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