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Dancing On My Grave Dancing On My Grave is the story of one womans struggle to defeat the demons within her and the power of the human spirit To triumph over her demons Gelsey must overcome her drug addiction her insecurities and her anorexia to become a woman who is emotionally confident and able to dance again Gelsey a star member of The American Ballet Theatre is at the peak of her career when a society older and wiser than she is begin to heavily influence her lifestyle with drugs We flash back to when Gelsey is a young and impressionable girl at the beginnings of her career We follow her success as she gains entry into the American Ballet Theatre and become aware of her growing insecurities and her unnatural obsession to be perfect This obsession is what creates her ultimate downfall and manifest itself in her anorexia and her insecurities her demons As one of Americas favourite performers Gelseys desire to understand her emotions and her diverse insecurities find her in a dangerous circle of sex drugs and anorexia in a desperate bid to be loved and to be perfect Within this new and high rolling society Gelsey is introduced to Mikhail Barashnikov Her demons and desire to be loved lead her to be fooled by him as he demolishes any self-respect she has left and leaves her totally dependent on him Mikhail sees that Gelsey leave behind George Balachine the man who discovered her to defect to rival ballet company the New York City Ballet This begins the demise of Gelseys dancing career and further cements her dependent and desperate situation Desiring to fit in with those around her and to be perfect she spirals further into self-destructive patterns while at the New York City Ballet and this behaviour eventually sees the end of her dancing career With out dancing Gelsey is left with out
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