What Ballet High School Is Like

“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.”

Women Who Made the First Move

“I had just quit my job, moved to a new city, started my MBA, and broken up with my longterm boyfriend. I was very much starting fresh and embracing new experiences. When I saw Wyle, I was immediately drawn to him. I’m pretty shy, and it’s not really my nature to make the first move, but I decided since I was already so far out of my comfort zone with all the changes in my life, why not just go for it? I walked up to him after class, introduced myself, and offered to drive him home. We hit it off immediately. I had actually attended undergrad in the same city a couple years before that, so I knew the city well and offered to show him around as an excuse to hang out with him more. 

Seven years later, we’re married, have an 18-month old daughter, and recently started a company together. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t make that first move, but I’ve learned that it’s so important to go after what you want, not just in relationships, but with everything.”