the ny art school invited and I assume hired dancers from a near-by dance school to model for our life drawing classes....one evening was different...the model was introduced....she was quiet....seemed a little shy...she moved like a cat...i could not take my eyes off of her....and I didn't want to draw attention to that fact...i also didn't wanna appear creepy...lol..

it was kind of an accepted rule that we would not engage in personal conversation....or better stated...hit on the models....oh yes I tried...to no avail...

after the class let out I waited at the bottom of the steps for her exit...some of the artists gave me that...we know what ur up to look...i thought...fuck em...I wanna talk to her....

I had all of the lines ready...”you're a great model”...”wanna go for a coffee”...etc....and then there she was...she smiled...and I forgot all the bullshit lines.....she talked first...”are you taking the subway?”....”yes!” I lied...”uptown?”...”yes!”... another lie....”I hate ridding the trains after dark” she said....

….as we walked to the train we talked about dancing and art...I said “I love painting but my real love is sculpture” “oh! my name is bob” “leah” as she removed a mitten to shake hands....”will you be modeling for our class again?” “no actually i'm moving back to jersey to help my mother with her dance school”

I tried not to show my disappointment.....note: back then there were no cell phones or internet to exchange emails or text messages.

“i get off at the next stop” she said “good luck with ur art” good luck with ur dancing”.....she picked up her athletic bag an moved to the doors...”maybe i'll see you dance someday?” I said....”yeah and maybe you can make a dancer sculpture” she said with a chuckle....threw her scarf over her shoulder and disappeared through the doors...

I started sculpting in the 80s and did art shows n gallery openings for the next 20 years....I created 20 or more ballet dancer sculptures over the years and told the story of my inspiration to most of the clients that purchased them....every dancer sculpture I created was inspired by that brief encounter.....with a beautiful dancer named leah.....bsp