I hesitate to post this because it's an ad, but when people have asked where certain characters in The Indestructibles came from, Kate's the easiest to explain--I've known dancers who put up with injuries that would have leveled athletes in other sports. Ballplayers ain't got nothing on a ballet dancer when it comes to what they fight through to perform. Hence the toughest and most determined character in the book is a ballet deancer turned vigilante. And this commercial does a heck of a job demonstrating that.
Here's a link with the one minute Under Armour ad. Whether or not you're into the clothing line, it's still really wonderful to see an athletics company promote ballet as part of the pantheon of sports requiring, athleticism, strength, skill, and grace.
As an aside, I rarely say what the characters look like in my head because I don't want to take anything away from the readers' imaginations, but I have to admit... I think Misty Copeland would be a great casting choice for Kate in an Indestructibles movie, wouldn't she?
Matthew Phillion is the writer of "The Indestructibles," part-time actor, occasional filmmaker. Currently on the lam in Salem with his trusty dog, Watson.