Abigail Sartin : Dancing Through Adversity

Abigail Sartin by KIKE CALVO

Dreams of the World: One Dream a Time. This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people Kike meets during his travels.

Abigail Marie Sartin is eighteen years old. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, she now works in New York, practicing diligently to become a professional ballet dancer at SLK Ballet, under the guidance of accomplished dancer Sara Knight. Her father puts her in dancing classes when she was only two years old, shortly before he passed away from heart complications.

Abigail Sartin trains daily at SLK Ballet, under the guidance of dancer Sara Knight. Photo © KIKE CALVO

“My dream is to share my emotions and passion for life to audiences across the globe, so that I can share the way my faith in God informs my art,” Abigail said. She hopes to be an inspiration to those who were told that they could not pursue their dreams, helping them break down the walls people try to build around them.

Her passion showed as she eloquently reflected on my image of her holding her pointe shoes. “I was thinking about all the sorrow of the past years and all the things and people who had tried to stop me from pursuing my dream. All the people who had told me I wasn’t good enough, the grief that came from almost losing my mom, losing my father as a child, and having to protect myself from the people who tried to tear me down. I was clutching my pointe shoes just as a daily cling to the hope that one day I will succeed beyond all odds. With my eyes closed I was imagining how good it will feel when one day —> Read More