My name is Emilia, 10, from In Concon Chile. My academy is called Andrea Aedo Ballet School.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my classes at 3 years old, with one class a week, just for entertainment. Over the years, I realized that ballet was part of my life, and I started taking many more classes together with Stretch, PBT, Contemporary and Lyrical Jazz. I currently take 10 classes a week. Last year I started working with Pointe.
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?
In my first years of dancing, yes. Since as children we see it as a game. As the years go by, it is more difficult. There are more challenges and a lack of time. Today the pandemic does not allow us to be 100% in person, and you have to complete it with zoom.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
The changes of city and the adaptation in the new schools.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
The truth is, no. The support of my parents and teachers has always been unconditional.
How do you conquer negative talk?
I believe that by observing the situation well and always conducting dialogue first, in a peaceful way.
What is your favorite quote?
"Find fun in everything and tedious becomes fun" - Author Unknown
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I dream of being a professional dancer in a prestigious academy, like ABT, in the United States.