By Ashley Light
I would like to introduce you to Audrey Hepburn. You may remember her as the actress or the model, but allow me to introduce you to Audrey Hepburn, the dancer. Hepburn began ballet lessons at a very young age in Amsterdam following the end of World War II. She fell in love with dance over her years of training in it, and when she grew older, moved to London to accept a ballet scholarship. Despite her hard work, malnutrition during the war left her with a thin, weak frame that would not allow her to fully succeed in ballet. Hepburn then turned her attention to modeling and to the stage. She appeared as a chorus girl in many theatrical productions around London from 1948 to 1950 before playing a ballerina in Thorold Dickinson’s film “The Secret People” in 1952. Though Hepburn did not continue studying ballet throughout her adult years, her dance skills were put to use in a few films she worked on. In the 1957 film “Funny Face,” Hepburn turns to fellow actor Fred Astaire and declares, “Isn’t it time you realized that dancing is nothing more than a form of expression or release?” She then jumps up and performs a lengthy dance number filled with excitement and sprinkled with comedy.
Audrey Hepburn’s interest in dance was a lasting impact. She popularized ballet flats which, due to her status as a fashion influencer, are still very common today. The grace, elegance, and posture one learns in a ballet studio remained with Hepburn for the rest of her life, and helped her become the iconic woman she was.
Guest columnist, Ashley Light, is a 14-year-old home-schooled student who enjoys studying music and dance, as well as performing in numerous local musicals and productions. She sings and plays the piano in her church worship team and aspires to be a great writer and columnist for The Kaleidoscope Weekly.