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Lina is a dancer. Although she’s interested in many forms of dance, one aspect of her dancing pursuits has her embracing her Mexican cultural heritage. By practicing the traditional folk dance of her ancestors, and then performing it in an annual festival celebrating international dance, Lina is able to stay connected to her homeland. There can be a powerful sense of identity wrapped into that.

She has also recently taken up ballet as well. It’s a more quiet dance, contemplative and solitary. A stark contrast to the vibrant colors and festive rythms of the expressive Mexican dance, the Ballet is a subtle communication, introspective and fluid, and perhaps a revelation of the identity she’s yet to become.

So who is Lina? Which girl will she grow up to be? Only time will tell but for now, at 7 years old she can be both.

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