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The 77-year-old Ballerina

What's going on here?

  • Madame Suzelle Poole has been dancing ballet for 70 years. She started when she was 7 years old and has not stopped. She also teaches ballet to children and put up performances for residents at a local care and retirement home. She believes that it's never too late to start doing what you want and that life is too short to not pursue our interests.


  • Madame Poole initially thought she would be finished with ballet when she reached her twenties, she is surprised that she had continued until now.

  • She enjoys teaching ballet to children. For her, ballet is not only about dancing but it also helps these young minds to learn to respect one another.

  • Her husband was a big supporter of her dancing career, he was always encouraging her to keep dancing and going further.

  • Madame Poole explained that despite not having the typical physique of a ballet dancer, she had the best teachers who made her love the dance form.

  • She believes that she relates to a lot of the people living in the care home because she is older than them.

Useful Vocabulary:

  • Love of my life

  • care home/retirement home

  • put up (a performance)

  • the right build

  • life is too short

  • relate

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you feel watching Madame Poole dance and talk about her career as a ballerina? What crossed your mind? Why do you think these thoughts occurred to you?

  2. Do you have a hobby that you love as much as Madame Poole loves dancing? If yes, what is it and why do you love it? If no, why not? Is there an activity that you think you might enjoy doing?

  3. Imagine a 75-year-old version of yourself. What kind of hobbies do you imagine yourself doing at that age? Why?

  4. Name 5 activities that you would like to try by the time you are 75 years old. Explain the reason for including each activity.

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