My name is Caitlynn Lauren Senjaya, 11 years old, and I live in Indonesia. I dance at Clara Ballet School.


Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I started ballet at the age of 4.5 & just started the competition in October 2018. My first medal was won in the 3rd competition. And until now, the most memorable experience was when I entered the top 12 of YAGP and was invited to the finals in Genoa, Italy.

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?

Yes, on one side, it's easy because I like it, and I always enjoy the process. But on the other side, It's really hard and difficult to match the time with training, school and other things that I should do.

What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?

My personal limitation is I have a bad pointe on my right foot.

Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?

Actually, my dad didn't support me too much. Also, one of my friends at my ballet school would hate and speak insolent to me. I usually fight this by proving that I can be better than what you think.

How do you conquer negative talk?

I usually conquer negative talk by not listening and not taking it into my heart.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is "It's okay to not be okay."

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

I want to challenge myself to win the YAGP finals that I'll join this year and be a professional ballerina that inspires aspiring ballerinas to live their dreams up!

Jul 29, 2021

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