Young Natalie Portman dancing

This video just surfaced of the Black Swan Oscar winner dancing in the early 90’s at the Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Summer Camp in the Catskills. Where she is not horrendous she doesn’t exhibit soloist (in an intense year of training) potential either. I think what it shows is that like many little girls Natalie Portman took ballet and tap as a child and learned the movement vocabulary enough to put on a summer presentation, though her level of technique is not brilliant or sophisticated she does have a presence that some f the other girls lack which make it understandable that she should go on to be a successful actress with appeal. Did she do that diagonal of pique turns in Black Swan —- uh I truly doubt it!!! All I kept thinking when I was watching this was Dirty Dancing “Nobody puts baby in a corner!”

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