Edgar Degas painted the ballerina of the late 1800’s. They were slender, graceful, wispy, feminine and French. Ballerinas of the 21st Century reflect American culture. They are muscular, determined, and ethnically diverse. Like Figgie (see BLUE ART Catalog 33) this ballerina is a figment of my imagination. I didn’t want this painting to be about a particular dancer but rather about the concept of the modern ballerina.