My name is Lilly Wheeler and I am 14 years old. I live in Sarasota, Florida and I dance at The International Ballet of Florida.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing at 3 years old and was competing in all styles by 6, but I changed to ballet focus at 9. I am still competing at ballet-focused competitions and performing in full-length ballets today.
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?
Dance has always been challenging, but overall I believe that my training and experiences have led me to success!
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I have natural flexibility, but I am still growing, so it has been hard to develop the muscles needed to control my flexibility.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I think some people may assume I can’t do some things because of my age, like Pas De Deux, but I have had wonderful coaches that have exposed me to a lot at an early age.
How do you conquer negative talk?
I just try to put a positive spin on negativity.
What is your favorite quote?
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am planning on starting the season with my current ballet studio, attending competitions, and performing in my studio's fall performances.