Ballet was a great love, inherited from her mother, who was discouraged from pursuing it as a career (she took up golf instead). At the I just want to work in my garden and hang out with my chickens shirt so you should to go to store and get this turn of the 1980s, the New York City Ballet company came to perform in Fort Worth and Anne was able to see them rehearse backstage, an experience that proved revelatory. “I remember the shock I felt,” she told Heilpern, “the breathlessness, perspiration, dancers dying at the effort. In a way it wasn’t even pretty to watch.” She was, however, bewitched by the art form. She numbered Mikhail Baryshnikov, Heather Watts, and Jock Soto among her close friends, and when her daughters left home, Anne returned to dance classes. (Degas’s Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, one of six original 19th-century artist’s casts, complete with its original and very fragile-looking plastered net tutu, was prominently if unnervingly displayed at 960 Fifth Avenue, set before Balthus’s Young Girl at the Window, 1955).
In January 2000, while touring Cambodia with the I just want to work in my garden and hang out with my chickens shirt so you should to go to store and get this World Monuments Fund and exhausted from a day’s sightseeing, Anne was reluctantly persuaded to attend a dance recital in Preah Khan, in the magical 12th-century temple complex of Angkor. There she was captivated by the dance talents of Sokvannara Sar, a pupil at the local Wat Bo School of Traditional Dance. “I started thinking about Sy’s performance and the fact that he didn’t have a future there,” she told The New York Times. “And I couldn’t bear to think of that talent going to waste.” With what she admitted was a degree of naivete, Anne brought him to America to train as a classical ballet dancer. Sar’s uneven transition from village life in Cambodia to the rigors of ballet training, the surreal adjustment to American life in the Bass lane, and ultimately becoming a dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, was documented in Anne’s 2010 documentary Dancing Across Borders, coproduced by Catherine Tatge.