My name is Isabella Ortiz, and I'm 10 years old. I’m from Monterrey, Mexico, and my Studio is Andreina Ballet Coaching.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing when I was 2 years old, because whenever I listened to music, I wouldn't stop moving. I started with ballet, and now I dance to everything, and it makes me very happy.
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?
They have not been easy, but I always say that you have to work hard and in the end, we will always be successful.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I am very lucky that my family has always supported my dream. They help me against everything.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I have come across people who tell me that because of my complexion, that is, short and muscular legs, I shouldn't dance. But I just think that it makes me happy, and I will continue to do so.
How do you conquer negative talk?
Always trusting and loving yourself.
What is your favorite quote?
"Everything you do, do it with love and passion." - Author Unknown
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Many exciting plans. The one that I can tell you is that I am preparing for the dance world championship in Poland next year.