In this column from The Guardian, the son of President Ronald Reagan shares the following story about his leaving Yale to become a professional dancer:
I mean, [my parents] didn’t exactly say, ‘My 18-year-old American son wants to give up Yale and become a ballet dancer — great!’,” he says. “But once they’d understood I was serious, they supported me all the way. My father called Gene Kelly to ask where I should study.” After a year at a studio in Los Angeles, Ron won a scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in New York and was launched on a successful career.
Ah, what connections.