Image from page 271 of "Theatrical and circus life;" (1893)
Title: Theatrical and circus life;
Publisher: Chicago, Laird & Lee
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sometimes, and I then allow a girl togo on, whom I think smart enough not to make a foolof herself. You see although the American girl issmart and sharp, and pretty original in many otherthings, she is entirely imitative in dancing. Shewatches the other girls, and although she may not evenbe fairly grounded in the fundamental principles ofballet dancing, she frequently faces an audience anddoes well— sometimes astonishingly well in fact. Someof these girls climb up out of the ranks very fast; otherswho are lazy and give too much time to flirting anddrinking wine, remain in the same line, usually the last, 262 TRAINING BALLET DANCERS. for years, and are really in a ballet masters way all thetime. How are ballet girls as a class? Some of them, said (ardella, with a shake of hishead and an expressioD of pity OH his face, kt arc a littlefond and foolish at times. And they have their admirers who bother them, inand out of the theatre, and scud them pretty presents,hill- boquets and such?
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A PREMIERE BEFORE THE AUDIENCE. Oh well, now, I know very little about that. Someof them have families to support, and manage to wearbetter clothes and more jewelry than their salariescould pay for. I could tell you lots of funny incidentsabout ballet girls, rnllet-doux and Billy boys, but yousee that nigger act is nearly through, and Ive got togo and look after my girls. And with an Actio,Siqnor! and a wave of his hand, he withdrew. TRAINING BALLET DANCERS. 263 I went up to the Alcazar on Monday night to seeBonfanti dance. I have a great respect for Bonfanti.She is a woman of character. When she first dancedhere the town was wild about her, and one young man,the son of rich and proud parents, offered her hishand in marriage. She hesitated for awhile, but heargued that because he was rich and his parents proudwas no reason that he should be made unhappy by herrefusal to marry him. She thought it over and cameto the conclusion that he was right. So Mile. Bon-fanti became Mrs. Hoffman f
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