Melissa's journal theme is Ballet and I initially thought, what do I know about ballet? I remember going to a recital when I was little, and more recently watching a friend's daughter perform in Peter and the Wolf. But what to do?
...And then I thought of one of my favourite ABC shows - Dance Academy. I love watching people dance, and this series was fantastic. Great acting, great dance scenes, great themes. If you haven't seen it, I really recommend giving it a go. Yes, it's about teenagers, but it's not just a kid's show!
One of the scenes that really stuck with me was just after Sammy died, after being hit by a car on the way to the Opera House to dance in the Prix de Fonteyn. Tara wanted to dance The Red Shoes in the same competition, which is a ballet about a dancer who has to choose between her love of ballet and the love of her partner. It is a dance of passion and heartache.
Saskia, who is in the Australian Ballet de Corp, tells Tara that she does not have the emotional experience to dance this part: "You're a child, arrogant enough to think that you are an artist!"