12-28-17 / 6:25 AM / BALLET IS A TEACHER’S LIFE.


The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood from the Dell Small Business Studios.

What is the secret of staying young?

It’s different for different people.

For one woman, it is doing the thing you love, no matter what the obstacles are.

It was Juliana Goldman of CBS News who introduced us to a ballet teacher in Falls Church, Virginia…

( NAT / “Show your shoulders.” )

VO – Juliana Goldman, CBS News Correspondent
“Solange Binda Maclean – Madame Binda, as she’s known to her students – has been teaching ballet for 67 years. And at 95 years old, she says, she has no intention of slowing down.”

SOT – Solange Binda Maclean, with Juliana Goldman
“(Goldman:) The story of your birth is pretty noteworthy, huh? (Maclean:) There was at that time no doctor, so there happened to be a Japanese vet. (laughs) (Goldman:) A veterinarian delivered you? (Maclean:) Yes.”

VO – Juliana Goldman
“That was in China, where her Belgian father worked as an engineer. She had a privileged childhood – a big house, horses and dance lessons with a renowned Russian ballerina – all of which went away during World War II.”

The story after this…

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Here once again with the story of Solange Binda Maclean is Juliana Goldman…

VO – Juliana Goldman
“Amid the starvation and squalid conditions at the Weihsein internment camp, she still managed to dance.”

SOT – Solange Binda Maclean
“We made our own costume(s), out of sheets.”

VO – Juliana Goldman
“After (the) Allies liberated the camp, Maclean married an American soldier and moved to the Washington suburbs. But the marriage didn’t last. With two small children to support, she started teaching dance. That was in 1950. Her studio is a shrine to decades of rehearsals and recitals – it’s packed with her handstitched costumes. She doesn’t sew as much anymore. But she still drives – both her car and her lawnmower. And of course, she teaches.”

SOT – Solange Binda Maclean, with Juliana Goldman
“(Goldman:) You could’ve stopped doing this years ago. (Maclean:) Oh, that’s my vitality. I take my oxygen from them.”

VO – Juliana Goldman
“For Madame Binda, ballet is life. And it’s kept her on pointe throughout the years.”

Thank you, Juliana Goldman.

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood.