Paige Cockerton, 15, is going to be a professional ballerina
I first saw Paige dance years and years ago. So when I went to one of her dance competitions to take photos recently, I knew she was good, but wow. She’s gone from a serious young thing, moving with intense concentration (so cute), to a beautifully poised young ballerina.
Paige’s dream role is the lead in the romantic ballet, Giselle
So our exciting, secret project is to make that happen (with a little help from some digital magic). I feel like a fairy godmother!
Giselle is your typical could-happen-to-anyone, happy-ever-after ballet… The beautiful, innocent peasant girl, Giselle, discovers the man she loves is really the prince, Albrecht, and he’s engaged to another. Giselle dies heartbroken and mad with grief. But then she rises to join the wilis, ghost of jilted brides whose main aim is to dance men to death. When the wilis capture Albrecht, she ends up saving his life then returns to her grave to rest in peace.
Which all sounds a tad ridiculous…
But after a spot of research and watching Giselle by a bunch of different ballet companies, I realised there’s a real depth to this story and its characters. Although the details might change between interpretations, Giselle is always a strong heroine who finds the strength for the ultimate act of forgiveness and love.
Giselle’s story, danced by Paige
I’m so excited about this series. And I get to photograph a dancer who can do amazing stuff like this!
And all that romance, love, betrayal, heartbreak, madness, ghosts, revenge and forgiveness I promised you last time? It’s all coming, as Paige and I show you the story of Giselle.
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Keep on shining bright,