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Chelsea Pe Benito always knew she would be a dancer. But in her mind, it didn’t look quite like this.

Pe Benito trained for 15 years as a ballerina growing up in central New Jersey, studying at the prestigious Princeton Ballet School through high school, dancing in standards like “Swan Lake” and even touring in a production of “The Nutcracker” around the tri-state area. “It was all tutus and pointe shoes,” she says. “I was in love with ballet.”

Before too long, she would indeed be dancing professionally — but in sneakers and heeled boots.

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