Magazine article Dance Magazine

Hollywood Actress

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Hollywood Actress

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Growing up with images of dance role models like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Twyla Tharp, Victoria De Mare believed that dancing could be her life-long career. But when she suffered a break in her fifth metatarsal at the age of 21, she was forced to reckon with a tough new reality.

By that time, De Mare had been dancing seriously for i0 years. She began ballet classes at the age of 7, in the footsteps of her mother, who had danced with the Philadelphia Civic Ballet and Wilmington Ballet Company. She performed her first solo at 11, her first principal role at 14, and at 17, joined the trainee program of Joffrey Ballet and took classes at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

At first, De Mare reacted to her injury with firm denial. "I tried to continue performing under the agreements I was signed to," she says. "But I was coming off stage with my foot two sizes bigger, and then running out to finish the performance."

It was a terrible blow. Meanwhile, De Mare was approaching the end of her NYU degree and, like any college graduate, was forced to consider her next step. She decided to stop dancing altogether. "At the time, it was who I was," says De Mare. "And it was an all-or-nothing thing."

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After a lot of soul searching, De Mare turned to acting--which had always interested her--and moved to Los Angeles, where she accepted a role in a low-budget horror film. With time, she also went back to dancing. …

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