Natalie Portman Dancing: 'Black Swan' Star As A Pre-Teen At Summer Camp
While her "Black Swan" body double claims that she secretly danced all of Natalie Portman's ballet scenes -- charges both "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofksy, choreographer Benjamin Millepied and co-star Mila Kunis vehemently deny -- there can be confusion about whose fancy footwork is on display in this video.
Footage from her turn in an early 90's summer camp production shows a pre-teen Portman leading a tap dancing and then ballet troupe in a series of quick, endearing routines. It's not exactly the New York City Ballet, but the Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Summer Camp, in the New York Catskill Mountains, is no anonymous venue, either. A prominent training ground for aspiring performers, Stage Door has propelled a large number of young dreamers to stardom.
Beyond Portman, Stage Door's alumni list includes Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, Mandy Moore, Jon Cryer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bryce Dallas Howard and Lea Michele.
Portman studied ballet until she was 13 years old, and made her major big screen debut in "Leon: The Professional" in 1994. Her medieval stoner comedy, "Your Highness," debuted in theaters this weekend.
To see Portman perform, skip to 2:30 in the video. To watch her in another camp production, click here.