To the Clouds

Caroline de Bertodano

• TO THE CLOUDS • ...A dancers love affair with dance... For Cloudy © Caroline de Bertodano 2018 Ig : c__de__b

“When I dance the whole world disappears and nothing scares me” Claudia Morosini

If you have ever danced seriously, any field of dance, you will know the sacrifice and dedication it requires. You will also know the driving force of the passion for the movement and flow within dance. This is the story of Claudia Morosini, 23, and Italian living in London working as a trainee solicitor.

Whilst photographing her the quiet girl I had met, seemed to evaporate and fearless and free woman emerged. The story is the story that many dancers face and each decision requires immense courage with lifetime ramifications. Claudia started her first dance class at age 3 and by the age of 13 she had already been in professional Russian ballet school for three years.

Thirteen is the defining age for a ballerina, It is when they have to make the monumental decision whether to continue to become a professional ballerina or not. In the months she was deliberating she hurt her ankle and realised the limitations and effects of physical injury.

“The beauty of dancing is that whoever or wherever you you are, you can dance” Claudia Morosini

“From that moment on I did not decide with my heart but with my head”. Fully accepting that her future could hold no education and no professional ballet career based on a serious injury. There is a period of grief that follows any such life changing decision, there was an emotional adjustment and grieving period. However the love for dance never left her and she still dances and does classes to this day.

“The thing I miss most about not being a professional dancer is that magical feeling you get before a performance” Claudia Morosini

“And those that were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”. Friedrich Neitzsche

Many thanks for your kindness Claudia Morosini. To the Clouds Shot on an iPhone 6, 2016. Caroline de Bertodano Ig : c__de__b Fb : CdeBertodano. Tw : CdeBertodano Member of HELD Collective © Caroline de Bertodano 2018 ...Truth in all its forms...

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