Jenifer is a rarity in ballet for a couple of reasons: She's 37 years old and she's a mother. While most dancers in her company are much younger than she is, Jenifer says ballet's obsession with youth is in the process of changing. "Women are dancing into their mid 40s sometimes." Jenifer says. "I mean, still, at 37, I am on the senior range of things."

Being a "senior" dancer brings pros and cons, Jenifer says. "I definitely notice a difference in my body. I don't recover as fast, I don't bound out of bed like a Walt Disney cartoon in the mornings," she says. "But, on the other hand, being at this age I feel like I'm a better artist. I feel like I'm bringing a lot more life experience to my roles."


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