(Anne Backhaus’s and Marc Pitzke’s article appeared in Der Spiegel, 1/28.)

Brutal competition and merciless drills: The world of ballet portrayed in the movie thriller "Black Swan" is horrific. For ballerina Daphne Fernberger in New York, however, reality looks quite different. SPIEGEL ONLINE peeks behind the scenes of the legendary Juilliard School.

Daphne Fernberger has been awfully tired lately. On some days, she says, it's hard to get up and go to a ballet class where she exerts herself to her limit. Yet those are also the days that teach her what truly matters in life.

via www.spiegel.de

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