My name is Amira and I am 11 years old. I live in Germany and I dance at John Cranko School.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started ballet when I was 5 years old. My mom was the one who introduced me to this amazing world. My first dance studio was at the place where I live. It was a "hobby dance studio," but I enjoyed it. I got a very strong training because my teacher saw he could push me, and I was ready to train harder. I am grateful for where I am at today and can't wait to see what the future holds for me.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, not necessarily. Ballet is a very hard sport. You have to be dedicated, and you have to love it. I don't get everything on the first try. I have to work hard, have patience, and learn not to give up.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
Sometimes I compare myself to others. I am learning not to do that because it makes me think I am not good enough.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I have had people I used to call friends at my old dance studio who just didn't believe in me. They pushed me to work harder and try to reach my goals. Now I am surrounded by my supportive family and friends, who are always helping me.
How do you conquer negative talk?
I talk to my family, and they give me good advice. And I am trying to stay away from negative people. I have to learn to ignore negative talk and ignore negative things some people may say about me.
What is your favorite quote?
"Work hard, dream big." - Author Unknown
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
The exam at the JCS is in May. Hopefully, I will pass it, and I can live my dream there.