Annette O’Toole

My mom and her sister owned a well-known dance school in Houston when I was growing up. There was this girl in the school, and I thought she was the most wonderful dancer. When I was nine, I went over to her one day—I was interested in dancing but it was something my mother did—and asked, “How do I get to be as good as you are?” And she said, “Just dance every day. Come every day and do it.” So that’s what I started doing; I danced in every class. If it was a baby class, I’d lead the children, or if it was a class for older girls, I’d dance in the back. I don’t know what it was about seeing her that day that inspired me, but from then on, my life went in that direction.

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