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GIRL WHO "COULDN'T AFFORD TO. BE DUNCE"
WHILE LEARNING TO DANCE, -YOUNGEST STAR
Los Angeles, Cal. "Five, six, sev
en hours a day I've worked, until
every muscle of my body ached, but
I loved it Meantime, too. I kept up
my school studies, for I could not
afford to be a dunce. I had to train
my brain is well as my feel."
The girl who "could not afford to
be a dunce" is Mile. Jeanne Curtini,
still in her 'teens, and probably the
youngest premiere ballerina in the
world. She is making her debut
here in grand opera.
"I began to dance when I was two
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years old," said Mile. Curtini, a grey
eyed, laughing girl who retains all
the whimsical sprightliness of a
child, "and when I grew older I was
ballet teacher at Milan, Italy."
She isn't at all anxious to "grow
"My school books are still in use,
she said, "although now I have very
little spare time, with my relrears
fng and practicing.
"When I have time for recreation
I love to be outdoors.
"Baseball 1 must confess is my
real weakness. I'm not what you
call a 'fan.' It's worse than that.
I play the game myself. And I do,
too, whenever I can get together an
impromptu 'nine.' My- specialty is
Little Mile. Curtini signed prodi-
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