My name is Bella Robson, and I am 10 years old. I train at Bodyrockerz School of Dance trained by Sophie Arjomand and KT Dance Academy trained by Tegan Badejo.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My older sister danced at Bodyrockerz, and I would go with my mum to watch her at competitions. During the breaks, I used to get up and dance with the older girls as I wanted to be just like them! I then began taking lessons with Sophie and started competing at age 4. She has taught me so much over the years, and we have an amazing bond. Over the years, it has been so much fun traveling around the country competing. I won my first national title at 6 years old, then going on to become a Worlds Championship finalist when I was 8. At this point, I really wanted to expand my dancing and started at KT Dance Academy alongside Bodyrockerz. I love dancing at both schools, and it enables me to dance in many different styles to help me grow and improve as a dancer. Recently I have also started live lessons over zoom with Abby Lee Miller and Gianna Martello, which I take every week. It's helping me to improve so much, and I feel very lucky to be able to take part in them.
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?
It has not been an easy journey. I have trained hard to get where I am today, which has involved training every day. Some days things don't go as well as I would like, which is frustrating, but I know it is all part of the journey!
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I struggle with technique, and don't have naturally nice arched feet so I have to work on my feet to try and get a nice point.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
My dance teachers have always been very supportive. I myself though, am a perfectionist. So I get frustrated sometimes that my moves/dances aren't good enough.
How do you conquer negative talk?
Since I was young, my mum has always told me to ignore any negative talk. As I have gotten older, it can be hard, but I do try to ignore it. It also makes me want to work even harder.
What is your favorite quote?
"Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too." - Original Author Unknown
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am looking forward to getting back to competing as due to the pandemic, I haven't been able to here in the UK for over a year. There are also several dance conventions that I am due to take part in later this year, so I'm hoping that these go ahead.