My name is AvaRose Campbell, and I am 13 years old. I go to The Company Space in Sumner, WA.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have two older sisters who danced, and my mom was a classical ballerina. When I was 2, I would stand at the door of my sister’s dance class, trying to get in, because I wanted to dance too. I began dance class at age 3, and at age 4, I began to participate in competitive dance. I had my first solo at age 5, and I’ve been dancing ever since.
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?
Some things have been easy for me. When I was little, I was pretty fearless, so the acro stuff...well, I just went for it! I also love musical theater because I get to dance and act at the same time—that’s fun! I don’t have the greatest arches in my feet, so I’ve had to work at that. In general, I feel a strong connection to dance. Having family members who understand the commitment level and who are also involved helps too...and great coaches! I would say it’s been pretty easy, but of course, this past year with the pandemic, that made things more difficult too.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
Well, I’m really small, like the size of most 8-9-year-olds. So when I’m dancing with the kids my age and older, sometimes I feel that I look out of place. My mom and my sisters are petite too, so I don’t think I’ll ever be very big! But it’s frustrating when people think I’m much younger than I am.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I would say the only person who has limited me is me. Sometimes I get in my head and don’t believe in myself. Thankfully I have supportive teachers/coaches, and my mom and sisters always help me too!
How do you conquer negative talk?
I just take a few deep breaths and keep trying the thing that isn’t going well. My mom always says, “practice makes progress.” And my sister, Phoebe, helps me A LOT!
What is your favorite quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - paraphrase of Mahatma Gandhi
I try to be a good person to all people and animals. My family is all about community service, recycling, and being kind. I think that’s a start!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Well, I have a few things going on, but nothing I can mention right now. :)