Shakers Gonna Shake

Is it possible that Taylor Swift and I have something in common?

In one of the videos of outtakes from “Shake It Off,” Taylor says that ballet is her favorite dance to “stomp my way through.” In another outtake video, she makes an effort to mimic the dance moves of the professionals, but the result is hilarious. She is using the same strategy that I use during performances with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association.

When I played an ugly stepsister in Cinderella, I tried to do the same moves as the real ballerinas. Obviously I failed and got laughs. The character I played didn’t know she was awkward and funny. I really did try to look graceful. When the ballerinas left, my “sister” and I did ridiculous dance moves, in the same vein as Taylor Swift does in her new video.

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