Grace in motion

Laura thinks that having pic-tures of her hung in the National Museum of Dance is "really cool."

"It was crazy because when I saw the banners I freaked out," she said. "There I was. I never thought that would happen."

Sadan and Laura both agreed to sell posters of the photographs and give all the proceeds to the New Orleans Ballet Association Hurricane Relief Fund. Katrina destroyed 12 out of the 14 dance studios in the association. So far, $1,100 has been raised.

Sadan said the message behind this collection of photo-graphs is the beauty of dance and the beauty of a young person growing up.

"This exhibit is about the realization of the dream that so many young girls have and what it represents to them through this talented, creative sense of the person," Sadan said.

Laura said she always wanted to be a role model for younger dancers. She thinks that it is easy for girls to get discouraged with dance, but she encourages them to stay strong and keep at it.

"If you love it like I do, then maybe someday you could be in the dance museum," she said.

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children under 12. The Young Dancer Exhibit runs from May to September. For information, visit www.dancemuseum.org or call 584-2225.""

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