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Published on August 6th 2019
Suzelle Poole: A 78-year-old ballet dancer.

Suzelle Poole
Suzelle Poole
Photo: Michael D. Stratton

There is a myth that when ballet dancers reach middle age, the stress to their bodies is too much and it’s time to quit.

Yet in Dallas, Suzelle performs some of classical ballet’s most challenging routines, some on the point of her ballet slippers

How can this be?

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It begins with Suzelle teaching and performing ballet six days a week with her students.

Suzelle also performs with Dallas area dance companies, and in senior living communities and managed care facilities, joined by her students.

“People in care centers can relate to me because I’m about the same age,” Suzelle told The Washington Post.

“I hope to get them interested in exercise. Plus, I enjoy showing them that it’s never too late to do something you love.”


Suzelle performs at a senior center. Photo: pinterest.com

Born in London in 1940, Suzelle began ballet at 7, and over the decades, along with her husband Jonathan, an opera singer, performed and taught in many parts of the world.

After the couple settled in Texas, Suzelle became a soloist for the Houston Ballet, then in Dallas, for the last 15-years, a teacher at the Royale Ballet Dance Academy.

Suzelle said of her husband, who passed away in 2004, “I miss him every day, but I know that he is smiling, happy that I’m still dancing and enjoying life through dancing.”

Editor's Note: To learn more, click here. To see Suzelle dance and hear her comments in a one-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhK81HytFj4.

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