EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Jessica Parker Reminisces on Her First Love: The Ballet


Carrie Bradshaw's first love might've been a pair of shoes — but Sarah Jessica Parker's was most definitely the ballet.

The Emmy award-winning actress explains in ETonline's exclusive sneak peek for her the second season of her AOL docu-series, city.ballet, that she cultivated a love for classical dance from a very early age. "I took class as an 8-year-old twice a week,” she reminisced, “and I would walk down that long hall knowing that at the end of this long hall, the first studio I would come upon would be the dancers in the company."

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"There were all these dancers milling around whom I thought were very, very, very, very old people," Parker said with a laugh. "They were probably 18 to 24 years old, but they were definitely professionals. As many of us as possible would crown in the doorway of the major studio and just stand there, and I would just watch what I still think to this day were really, really amazing dancers at work."

The new season of city.ballet. premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4, with 12 brand-new episodes, will continue to showcase the lives of the dancers, choreographers and other artists of the New York City Ballet.

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The actress said that of all the memories and experiences she had as a young aspiring ballerina, there was one thing that will forever linger in her mind: "For me it was the rehearsal room," she said. "It was the smell of a rehearsal room, and rosin, and point shoes, and point shoes just taken off feet, and sweat — all those smells. They were much more impressionable to me because that was the first place that I really saw ballet close."

For a deeper peek into the cast of city.ballet's second season take a look at our first look video above. Plus, find out the very first ballet that SJP ever attended. (Hint: It was not the Nutcracker!)

Season 2 of city.ballet. premieres Tuesday, Nov. 4 on AOL Originals.