Dance Or Die: How Ballet Could Save Your Life In A Prison Riot | KALW

Dance Or Die: How Ballet Could Save Your Life In A Prison Riot

Jun 15, 2020

From the series Uncuffed:

This story originally aired on September 12, 2018.

I met JulianGlenn “Luke" Padgett on a prison yard in 1999, and upon getting to know one another I came to consider him a friend. But during all of our conversations about politics, religion, and philosophies, I never knew that he was a ballet dancer nor that the graceful movements that he’d learned as a child quite possibly helped to save him from being “life-flighted” — helicoptered out of a riot in a maximum-security prison.

"I'm glad I took all those ballet classes, I'm glad I that I learned how to dance, I'm glad that I played football. I'm glad that I had a feeling in my body that said, 'do this, do that.'"