Madeline Foderaro is a riot! I say this because in the short time that I have been around her, I have really been blown away by her energy. The spirit that she has, and her love for what she does is a lesson for us all. Madeline is a dancer with the Columbia City Ballet and a real joy to watch. The first time that I met her, she came to London and Lace for a bridal shoot that Ashley Concannon and I were doing, using a brightly lit backdrop and bridal gowns. Claire Richards, Anna Porter and her took turns in front of the camera without any shame, and made jokes the whole time we were there. I kept hearing, “nice feet!” I heard it again this past Sunday at the Nutcracker performance, and I realized that your feet position in ballet can make or break you. Sometimes, I think things like this are why God a sense of humor.
It was such a contrast for me, because I grew up with skateboarders always joking and talking smack to one another. It is almost like we had our own language that was always evolving. This group of dancers were the same way. There was a synergy that was not only awesome to witness, but it made me long for the good old days of hanging with my friends on our skate trips.
It has been quite a while since I did a Good People, so I figured that I wanted to bring it back. But this time, I wanted to be a little more interactive with the people that I write about on this blog. So, I wrote a short list of questions for Madeline and some of the other dancer friends that I have gotten to know, since this new interest of mine has developed. I wanted to start with Madeline because of the energy that she has when she dances, and when she is just shooting it with her friends. Every time that I have watched her dance, I can’t help but notice this huge grin on her face. It shows how much she loves what she does.
How long have you been doing ballet?
-Ok so I have been dancing for 23 years. I started when I was 5. I’ve been dancing professionally for 7 years.
Where did you start?
-I started dancing in Daytona beach Florida at Volusia Academy of ballet where I am from. I went to college for dance and have my BFA in performance and choreography from the university of south Florida.
What is it about the ballet that draws you to it?
-I didn’t grow up wanting to be a ballerina I just loved dancing. It wasn’t until later in high school that I thought I could maybe do it professionally but I knew I wanted to go to college first. A lot of ballerinas, since their careers are so short lived, go straight into company life out of high school, and go back to school later. In all honesty I’m not the best dancer and there were always girls better than me, but I worked really really hard and stayed very positive and persistent.
Is this what you wanted to do?
-I wanted it so badly and did every audition I could and learned something from every rejection. I knew if I worked hard enough I would find the right place for me to dance.
The last statement is one of the most profound statements that our generation could ever hear. We live in a fast food society. We want everything now, and if we don’t get it, it seems as if our society says it is okay to get mad about it and quit. But, Madeline saw things differently. She saw something that she wanted and she wasn’t going to let anything stop her from getting it. What is more profound is that I don’t think that she has settled. Personally, I see the heart of a fighter inside her, and feel that she has more than a few surprises in store for us all. In my opinion, this is why I think that Madeline Foderaro is Good People.
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