The leap that changed her career





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Published on Oct 23, 2011

The knee injury that jeopardized Sarah Hairston's dream role was caught on tape. Watch that fateful leap and hear the Cincinnati Ballet dancer tell her tale of doubt and pain as she recovers to become the star of "Giselle."

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Just That Random
I hate is when guys make fun of how dance isn't a real sport. It is. The pain women peel in pointe ballet is probably just as (if not more) painful and risky as any other sport that guys can do. So guys, next time you see a girl who dances, respect her. She risks her health doing dance just as you would doing football.
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I find this with any sporting injury. It isn't the pain that's the problem it's the fact that we can't do our sport for a period of time!
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My right ear was enjoying this
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I had a similar injury in my right knee 2 years ago, I was in class and I came out of a leap and my knee snapped but I kept going only to have increasing pain. I went a week or so without really doing anything about it but then I went back to class and in ballet I came out of a triple and collapsed. I went to the ER right after my mom picked me up and I was told I had Osgood Schlatter Disease and that I would need about 2 or 3 surgeries and I would never ever dance again. I went for an MRI as a second opinion and found out it was not OSD but I had a huge cyst like tumor type of thing sitting directly on my kneecap due to me growing and my bones not catching up. I did physical therapy and recovered after being on crutches and an immobilizer for 2 months and danced in my recital only to have my knee injury return as the cyst grew back a little bit and I developed chest wall tension causing heart attack like symptoms. I've had to take a year off to get heathy but now I can return! yay!
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Rainbow Kitten
Anyone watch The Next Step? Does this remind you of Emily in season 3?
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sound editing on this is complete shit
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Kate Burton
happens at 1:19
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Natalia Segal
Be healthy, little girl, get well asap! Don't forget about God...
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Florencia B
Sarah´s just told the story of my life. I tore my ACL jumping (doing a Grand pas de chat) in a rehearsal last October and i got the surgery in December. For me now is difficult to go back to the stage because i´m little scary and some steps makes me feel pain but i´ll go back soon. :)
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Ashley Dixon
So talented and gutsy, but perhaps the video title should be, "The leap that 'jeopardised' her career ", rather than 'changed her career '.
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