My name is Elizabeth and I am 14 years old. I dance at Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, AZ.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in the studio because my mom is a dance teacher. I also did rhythmic gymnastics competitively for five years. But then I decided last year to focus fully on my ballet training.
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?
Ballet is so fun and beautiful but can be difficult as well. Anything worth doing takes hard work and commitment. I have had many difficult moments and discouraging moments that I’ve needed to persevere through.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I have worked through physical limitations (I’m not naturally flexible) and have to work hard every day to maintain and grow in my flexibility. I have also had to heal from some bad experiences with an emotionally abusive coach who caused a lot of anxiety and fear. I’m still working on it, to be honest. I am really thankful for the healthy environment that I am in now and have to remind myself that my teachers now are not going to react or treat me the way the other teacher did.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
Yes. I proved them wrong, of course. 😜
How do you conquer negative talk?
My mom and I talk a lot. She helps me process the hard things. I also love to listen to music and pray. My favorite artist to listen to is NF.
What is your favorite quote?
"Dreams don’t work unless you do." - John C. Maxwell 💪
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would love to go experience the Vaganova Academy someday, but honestly, I love where I am now! I would love to be a principal dancer for the Phoenix Ballet!