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By Stephanie Mlot
Frederick News-Post
Photograph by Adam Fried
April 24, 2012



Noah Strand negotiated his way into ballet. But not because he wanted to dance. “I’ll start dancing if you buy me a basketball hoop,” he told his mother, also a dancer.

More than three years later, 12-year-old Noah has pirouetted to the top of his class…

He polishes his ballet moves every day, constantly trying to jump a little higher and point his feet a little tighter, and always looking forward to his next performance, he said.

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