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Worldly ballerina turned local teacher shares journey

Worldly ballerina turned local teacher shares journey

Ballerina Sandra Balestracci performed in some of the finest venues in New York City, across the country and around the globe. She's also devoted years to fostering the next generation with her local performing arts school. As she turned 75 Tuesday, Balestracci reflected on a life of success as an artist and her means of paying it forward.

“She had tremendous range. She could do anything,” said Ellen Ferne Glemby, Balestracci’s friend of 47 years and a fellow dancer who performed alongside her at the Lincoln Center. Glemby praised her friend’s ability to tackle modern and neoclassical styles. “She turned like a top. A true, true professional in so many ways.”

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