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On pointe: Young ballet dancer leaps to the East Coast

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Lisa Kissel has adjusted her daughter Kyra’s tutu backstage since she was 6 years old. For the first time, Lisa got to watch her 14 year old daughter dance from a seat in the audience at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts this summer. “I’m so busy helping backstage during performances, I’m never in the audience,” Lisa says. She’s seen Kyra dance countless times from the side stage, but watching her perform after she completed a five-week intensive ballet program was the best of encores, she said.

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