Helena's Josh Fisk leaps into the professional ballet world

A ballet lesson.

A physical therapist.

These are but a few of the seemingly chance encounters that helped launch Josh Fisk into his career as a ballet dancer.

The 19-year-old Helena native has just graduated near the top of his class at the prestigious English National Ballet School in London, completing a three-year pre-professional dance course there.

And this past weekend he flew to Florida, to join The Sarasota Ballet company as a professional dancer in their corps de ballet.

This writer first met Fisk in 2017 when he was 14 and dancing the lead of the Nutcracker Prince for Queen City Ballet in their annual holiday extravaganza, after taking up ballet just the year before.

An impressive leap in one year.

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But he’s chalked up other startling accomplishments. Beginning ballet at age 14 is considered quite late for a professional ballet dancer.

His mom, Julie Burk, recalls Josh’s interest was sparked by a ballet video or movie where he saw a male dancer.

He started “mumbling” about maybe wanting to take a lesson, she jokes. But once she knew that’s what he wanted, she made it happen at QCB.

“I thought I’d try it out,

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