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She talks about having grown up in Claverack and Kinderhook with her friends and going to playgrounds and Blue Stone, a waterfall where she climbed, swam, and had picnics during High School. She mentions moving in eighth grade, switching from the Ichabod Crane School to the closer Taconic Hills School, and her sustained friendship with someone named Megan. Throughout the interview she brings up numerous lifelong friendships and acquaintances whose bonds started at Roz’s Dance School and a Childhood loss of a friend. She elaborates on the importance of Roz’s Dance School, and their recitals at Hudson High School. She discusses wanting to dance and moving to Manhattan, college, and auditioning for dance jobs while she received personal training certificate to maintain her lifestyle. She had a client who owned a building and offered her a space to open up a gym. Had to find a new space, which she did. Talks about her on going relationship with Hudson. How it wasn’t like it is now, she didn’t want to live in Hudson because it never was a destination but then watching her friends move to the city. Ghostly Gallop race in October through the library. Discusses the evolution of her relationships in Hudson through dance and business and general friendliness and her dance friends all growing up and having kids who are now friends with her nephews. She mentions coming to Hudson for groceries, shoes, and clothes as a kid and slightly later in life having a friend with a boat and spending time on the Hudson River, learning about some of the history, including the whale symbol. She describes winning fitness competitions, her experience of that training and competitions.
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Isadora Vieira is a 34 year old filmmaker from Brazil currently working on a masters at The New School in New York city.
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