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Talking to a dancer

Francis Logona, an eighth grader at St. Christopher's Elementary School in the Town of Tonawanda, will perform with the Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet in "Coppelia" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University at Buffalo Centre for the Arts. Francis had 10 years of Irish dancing under his belt when his sister's ballet company asked him to join them for this spring performance. One of nine male dancers in the show, Francis will dance in two folk pieces. As soon as Francis began rehearsals he decided to hone his technique and has begun to take adult beginner ballet at the Royal Academy of Ballet.

>What are your hobbies?

I used to Irish dance, but now I take ballet class at the Royal Academy of Ballet...I also work for my school watching the kids at St. Christopher's after-school program

>How long have you been taking ballet?

I started taking adult beginner ballet soon after we started rehearsals. Unlike Irish dancing I needed to use my arms, so I started to take class to help with technique and arm strength. It's really cool because I get to learn a little partnering.

>How did your friends react to your study of ballet?

Actually not many of them knew right away. I let them know gradually; many thought it was pretty cool. And I had done Irish dancing for so many years before, so most of them understood. Most of my friends are really into theater so learning something like ballet would definitely help with school plays, and actually it's a great way to meet girls.

>Who is your role model?

Michael Flatley. He is an Irish dancer that made a lot of money with his talents.

>Spider-Man or Superman?

I guess I would have to say Superman, he can fly and he is almost impenetrable. Spider-Man is like any normal guy except he has that web stuff.

>Many guys are afraid of the idea of wearing tights. What do you wear?

Actually everyone there is wearing them, so it's not too bad. It is strange initially to wear tights, you feel a little awkward. The guys just wear canvas flat shoes; we leave the pointe stuff to the girls. That would hurt too much.

>Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully in school, I would like to be a veterinarian someday.

-- Tessa Rae Scott

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