Very Old Ballerina – level 3

29-01-2018 15:00

An 80-year-old pensioner from England passed her 55-minute Grade 7 ballet exam with merit.

Barbara began ballet at the age of two, and while she stopped taking exams in her twenties, she never stopped teaching ballet. She says that it has kept her healthy.

Barbara’s daughter, who began taking adult ballet classes, recently persuaded her to start taking exams again. To prepare, she had to train two hours every day for three weeks.

Although Barbara lost her flexibility, and she has not done the splits for ten years, she plans to keep on dancing and has her sights on her Grade 8 ballet exams.

Difficult words: merit (with around 60%–70% of points), persuade (talk to somebody and force or convince him or her to do something), the splits (putting your legs apart completely).

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