Evelyn Cisneros

Born: 1959

Evelyn was a shy girl as she grew up in Huntington Beach, California. Her grandparents were migrant workers from Mexico and her parents were active in the Hispanic community. Evelyn's mother thought dancing lessons might help Evelyn overcome her shyness, so she enrolled Evelyn in a ballet class.

Evelyn loved, dancing, school and sports. Eventually she gave up sports so she could devote all her efforts to her dancing. She said, "There is this fire inside my heart that burned with the desire — the need — to dance." At the age of 15 she became a dancing apprentice. Evelyn's talent was nurtured by the San Francisco Ballet company as she became the first Hispanic American prima ballerina in the United States.

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