Gabe Mannheimer jumps so high he can have a conversation while still in the air.
Crystal Irizarry has exquisite lines and extensions.
Adia Hollist boasts beautiful legs and a bountiful work ethic.
And Anderson DaSilva turns like a top that will never topple.
"We have the cream of the crop right here," said Shana Perkins, a dance teacher at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts.
The four are among two dozen Orange Grove students who took New York City by storm three months ago. The four will join several others in a return trip next summer for intensive training.
Orange Grove is the first public middle school in the country to present students for American Ballet Theatre's training curriculum examinations, which they all passed.
The unique arrangement with ABT could help pave the way for the students to turn their dreams of becoming a professional dancer into a reality.
Anderson, who is in eighth grade, has been dancing only a couple of years. But he wants to become a ballet dancer.
"It made me more serious about dancing," he said of his visit to New York City in June. "The whole topic of dance changed."
He's looking forward to going back and experiencing the city again next summer and spending several weeks undergoing intensive training.
"I think it will really be helpful. ABT is one of the best companies in the world," Anderson said. "Six weeks there will be amazing."
Amazing, yes. Also, quite challenging.
"It is very strict training," Perkins said. "It puts you so far ahead of all of the other students that you are levels ahead. It will take them over the top."
Orange Grove has about 330 dancers out of its 550 students. The intense level of the dance practices – as many as three hours per school day – helps students focus in other areas of their schooling, said Principal Scott Rudes, who's giddy about the arrangement with ABT.
"It sets our school apart from others," Rudes said. "The sky's the limit."
That's about as high as Gabe soars sometime in the second-floor dance studio at the middle school located on 16th Street.
The seventh-grader started dancing – mainly hip-hop – when he was 5. His dad urged him to – or made him – try his hand at ballet. He's loved it ever since.
"I want to be a professional dancer," he said. "I don't care what kind. I just want to dance."