On differences and similarities between traditional school:
“We still worry about final exams. We don’t bounce from class to class like in a regular school, and there are a lot more physical hours—it’s more physical than a regular high school. We spend time with each other as friends, but we also live with our friends. [Conversations] can be about nothing, but somehow it always gets back to ballet. It always happens, whether it’s about teachers [or whatever,] it always travels back to that subject.
“Most of the time we’re in active wear. Very casual. When we have the slightest chance to dress up, most of us go all out. The dresses, the heels—we get very excited because it doesn’t up that often. Every Sunday we have a trip to Target; every Wednesday we go to Publix. On the weekends we can organize a run and get them approved by supervisors. They have a van and a mini-bus, and they can take us wherever we want to go around Boca.”