World Ballet Day.
I've loved ballet, ever since I was a little girl.
I wanted to go to classes but my parents just couldn't afford it.
I saw my first live performance at the age of 8. It was Coppelia, and a friend of my mother's offered to take me. I loved it. And that Christmas she took me again, to see The Nutcracker.
These two ballets still remain my favourites even too this day.
I no longer have the programme for Coppelia, but I still do have the insert cast list. Luckily, I still have the whole programme for the Nutcracker.
I eventually did go to ballet lessons at the age of 11. Another friend of my mother's taught classes in a hall above an old laundry.
I did so well, she recommended I should go to ballet school. Which I did when I was 13. My mother had a full-time job by then so I guess that's how she afforded the fees.