OT – A (My) Real Ballerina & Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July to those in the USA. Be safe!
This is totally not quilting related! Not one single bit so delete if you don’t want to read about anything super duper cool. If you do delete, is it is your loss – this topic may appear again in the future and you won’t know the back story. ~smile~ Let me jump to the end of the story first – my great-niece, Sierra is a ballerina. A real, true ballerina AND she is dancing at THE MET in NYC!!
Look at all the poise and gracefulness that just oozes out of her pores. It just gives me the chills to share even a bit of her hard work to get to this stage. I am so proud of her!
The Building of a Ballerina
Of course, Sierra has great parents that have supported her all along the journey. My sister’s daughter, Amy, and her husband, Roger, have put thousands of miles on the car and in the air taking her to competitions and to dance classes. From a very young (adorable) age at Advance Dance, you could see she was a natural. That doesn’t mean she didn’t work at it, and a LOT. Here is our girl in a cute tutu, and in her first solo!
She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she was able to craft her skills. This is a more recent shot from 2014 that is one of my favorites.
A Ballerina Growing Up
For high school, Sierra attended the ABT JKO School in NYC. These are really intense, defined dance classes focusing on specific areas. She also had to take online standards classes for math, English and other high school requirements. Being a good student may have been just slightly easier for her because of her dedication to dance, but she still had to complete all the work. She won a scholarship for her dance work in the competition Prix de Lausanne in 2015. This picture just warms my heart:
It is hard for me to believe she is 19 already. How did this little sweetheart grow so fast? She has high school behind her, more stamps in her passport than I will ever have, and she now works for ABT Studio Company. Here she is, awaiting in the wings at The Met for Swan Lake.
The world is at her feet, literally. Where will she fly off to next? How many more accomplishments await her – I cannot imagine. Thank you for sharing this proud moment with me. Oh, I have to share one more picture – an oldie with her cousin Sydney who just turned 16 and got her license. How does that happen? I can remember so well when each of these beautiful ladies were born. I imagine Sydney will be in the Olympics if she sets her heart to it.
Good luck ladies! I wish you all the success and blessings that you can bear. ♥ Love ♥
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