Before this film, I never realized how intense ballet dancing really was. I just thought it was something people did for plays, or just for an extra activity. I did not realize that the performances were so competitive, and that scholarships and interns were given out at these performances.These scholarships, though, are very important to some of these dancers lives. Joan Sebastian, who is from Colombia, said "My life is gonna change," when he won his scholarship. He grew up not having very much, but his dream was always to be a dancer. I think it is amazing how he was able to move away from his family, and still work so hard to achieve his dream. I could tell that it was very hard for him, but it paid off in the end.
Another thing that surprised me in this film is was how so many people thought Michaela wouldn't make it as a dancer because of the color of her skin. Many people say "black girls can't dance ballet," but Michaela proved that to be wrong. Even through her achilles injury, she was able to perform a beautiful routine, ending with a scholarship win. Michaela also did not have much growing up in Africa. She got lucky to even be adopted because no one wanted her since she had spots on her skin. Through all of these things though, she never gave up. She kept on fighting to live out her dream to be a ballet dancer, despite what anyone said about her.