eet Barbara-Anne Dutil, 17, from McKinney Texas!
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing at the age of 2 at The Ballet School of Vermont. The owner told my mom she doesn’t take 2-year-olds but agreed to let me try a class. Apparently, I listened and did everything asked of me but a 5-year-old trying class was swinging from the barres so I was allowed to dance as long as my mom didn’t tell anyone my age. I danced at The Ballet School of Vermont until I was 11 and moved to Texas. After moving I started dancing at Texas Ballet Theater. I started attending summer intensives when I was 9 and participated in ABT Young Dancers. I’ve since spent summers at Boston Ballet, ABT NY, Texas Ballet Theater, Master Ballet Academy, Skyra, Complexions, and Alonzo Lines.
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?
I've struggled with flexibility, but I've worked hard to get to where I am.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome and struggle with strength and pain.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
I have been discouraged because of my body type. I just keep working towards my goal of dancing professionally
How do you conquer negative talk?
This is a tough one because I’m not always great at it. I try to surround myself with people who support me and encourage me in positive ways.
What is your favorite quote?
Fear is not real, it’s a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me, danger is real but fear is a choice.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My dream is to dance with Complexions Ballet. I plan on working hard toward making my dreams come true.