Hi Everyone, Olivia here back with another ‘so you think you can …’
This week I interviewed Claire who is a talented ballerina.
Claire is originally from Fujian and now lives in Virginia with her family. She has three siblings, Joe (26), Salm, (24) and a sister, Sydney, who is also thirteen and who was also adopted from China.
Claire has been in an Advanced Academic program since third grade, is a straight A student (her favorite subject is French), and has also been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. It seems Claire comes from a very talented family as her sister, Sydney, also competed at state level in gymnastics.
After seeing some amazing pictures of Claire I asked her the following questions:
O: How old were you when you started ballet?
C: My sister and I both started ballet and gymnastics at three. Sydney was more of a gymnast, while I was more of a ballet dancer.
O: Which is your favorite ballet and why?
C: I don’t really have a favorite, but I really like Swan Lake, Gisele, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote because the music is really beautiful.
O: Of all the roles you’ve performed, which is your favorite?
C: I loved being a Party Child in The Nutcracker!
O: Do you want to be a professional ballerina or are you planning to go into another profession?
C: I love dancing – but since I was very small I have always wanted to be a veterinarian.
O: What’s the hardest thing about being a ballet dancer?
C: Having the motivation and dedication to train every day.
O: How often and for how long do you train?
C: After school, six days per week, at least two hours each day.
O: Have you ever been injured?
C: No, but I had Os Trigonum, which is usually an issue only for ballet dancers and divers – because of the way they flex their feet. I had to have surgery to remove an extra bone in my foot. Now I’m fine!
O: What would you like to tell other girls and boys who are thinking of becoming ballet dancers?
C: That you have to sacrifice a lot of your social life for it and it is extremely hard, but that the people you meet through ballet make it worthwhile.
Olivia – thanks for the interview, Claire. I love animals, so was excited to hear you wanted to become a vet. Good luck with your studies and your dancing!