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Student Spotlight: Bald Ballerina Maggie Kudirka Grande Jetes Over Cancer

This is a very special post for us. Not only is it the FIRST in our “Student Spotlight” series, but it is with someone who is very dear to our hearts. We recently sat down with our very own, Maggie Kudirka, the Bald Ballerina. A dancer in our Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Maggie was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in June 2014 at the age of 23. In this intimate interview we discuss her journey from diagnoses to today and what she hopes to accomplish with her new initiative. Take a look!

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Update: On October 14, 2014 Maggie completed the last in her series of six chemo treatments. However, this only marks the first phase of treatment. She will continue to receive Herceptin every three weeks, for the rest of her life. 

Check out her website and Bald Ballerina donations page at: http://www.baldballerina.org/
Facebook: @baldballerina
Twitter: @baldballerina  
Instagram: @baldballerina

 
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Founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, Joffrey Ballet School maintains the vision of its founders to transform passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. With an accredited dance program that offers two core areas of study – ballet and jazz/contemporary – JBS is known for its diverse curriculum and has the largest summer intensive training program in the country.


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Founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, Joffrey Ballet School maintains the vision of its founders to transform passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. With an accredited dance program that offers two core areas of study – ballet and jazz/contemporary – JBS is known for its diverse curriculum and has the largest summer intensive training program in the country.

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    Thank you for sharing her story. I am also a HER2 breast cancer survivor & this ballerina and her message brings hope, awareness & inspiration.

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