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Dance Spirit Magazine, June 2002.

Sarah Hughes now holds court on the ice, but the ballet studio used to be her second home.

What does it take to make an Olympic champion? Over 11 years of private ballet lessons is a good start for a sport that requires superb artistic presentation. According to 2002 Winter Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes’ first ballet teacher Roberta Senn, of Long Island, NY’s Great Neck School Of Dance, Hughes clocked in over 1,000 ballet lessons between the ages of 3 and 14. This dance training helped Hughes develop the breathtaking extensions and graceful arms she shows off while gliding over the ice. Although skating eliminated Hughes’ chance of studying pointe, Senn says, “She could have been a ballerina if she hadn’t been a skater.”

Sarah Hughes, Olympic Gold Medalist studied ballet at the Great neck School of Dance from age 3 to age 14. Her sister Emily placed 7th in the world Championships last year and also studied with us for many years. Ballet lessons trained Emily & Sarah's sprial, layback spin, leg extensions, arm positions and overall flexibility.
Sarah Hughes (1995)
  Ashley Hod

Other graduates include Isabella DeVivo who has appeared twice in the leading role of the NY City ballet "The Nutcracker" and on  Broadway with Chita Rivera and Ashley Hod who was written up in Newsday and appeared with the NY City Ballet in "The Nutcracker".
  Emily Hughes
World Championship 2007
Emily Hughes
Isabella DeVivo
 Isabella DeVivo
Currently a member of
San Francisco Ballet
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