Dancing a Cinderella Story - Digital Journal

June 2, 2014

For ballet dancer Jillian Vanstone, performing in ‘Cinderella’ is a sort of culmination of a childhood dream. The National Ballet of Canada artist debuts in the title role this coming week.
Jillian Vanstone was literally rendered speechless the first time she met a professional ballerina. Having attended a touring performance of Swan Lake as a ballet-loving ten year-old, she scrawled an adoring note to dancer Evelyn Hart on a program insert and handing it to an usher.
“He came out later and found me,” she recalls, a smile creeping into her voice, “and he said, ‘If you like, you can come meet her after the show.’ I went backstage later, and I stood there, completely stunned. I don’t think I said a word. My mum spoke to her! My jaw was probably hanging open... I completely froze up and just stared.“

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