I was home schooled growing up. My interests of what I wanted to do for a living has shifted quite a lot over the years from juggling, mountain uni-cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, photography, chemistry, etc. My field of interest kept sliding on to something new and just when I thought that I would never settle on one thing, that's when I discovered classical ballet. I was fourteen at the time and it was pure curiosity that pushed me into my first ballet class. I began my ballet training in September of 2010 and I immediately had an intense interest in the classical ballet. I never found anything before or since that I enjoyed doing so much. I cannot seem to portray the love I have for the classical dance. Especially considering the fact that I'm writing all of this down at a quarter to 1:00 a.m. I remember driving home from the first ballet class and sitting in the passenger seat of the car telling my Mom, "you know...I think I found what I want to do with my life. For real this time." Of course she didn't believe me because that was exactly the same thing that I said when I was nine years old when I told her that I wanted to be a professional juggler and acrobat. And then again when I said that all I would ever do was rock climb. And again when all I wanted to do was fly air planes. Ever since that day that I said that to her, classical ballet has been the main (if not the ONLY) thing on my mind. No matter what I do, it won't leave my thoughts. Although I don't believe that I want it to leave my thoughts either. Most nights I will go to sleep at one, two, or sometimes three in in the morning thinking about it. I just lay there in my bed with my eyes open staring at the ceiling.
I am a very fortunate individual and anything that I actually HAVE accomplished in my life (which isn't much), I accomplished because of the people I grew up with. I feel extremely fortunate for the things I have and there's no way I would get anywhere in this life if it weren't for my teachers.
Now, I have an opportunity to attend the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy 2013 summer intensive in NYC and potentially Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately I simply cannot afford the tuition and expenses for this incredible opportunity.
One way or another, I'm going to MAKE it work. If you would like to read more about me and support me in my cause, go to sponsoradancer.blogspot.com and read new updates. I cannot explain to you the gratitude that I would have if you could help me out on this one.
I have to Dance.