Contributors

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE TEEN VOGUE TEAM

sophie ▀ack

Flack discovered her passion for dance by chance. "When I was seven, the Boston Ballet studios were under renovation and temporarily relocated to my school gymnasium. I begged my mom to let me take a class," she says. She turned out to be a fast learner, and at seventeen she became a New York City Ballet apprentice, joining the corps de ballet as a permanent member the following year. After retiring from the NYCB in 2009, Flack decided to write a novel, Excerpted in this month's issue ("The Ballerina Diaries", page 134), Bunheads provides a glimpse into the life of a professional dancer. "I wanted to allow the reader to take a peek behind the curtain," she explains. Her advice for aspiring ballerinas? "The career is immensely rewarding, but you must love to work hard and push your body to its limits," she stresses. "Never compare yourself to others - focus only on yourself. Recognize moments of humor and silliness that exist in the art. I couldn't have danced for as long as I did without my friends who made me laugh."