Inspiration

Alys Shee: A Ballerina to Watch

Alys Shee was recently listed by Pointe Magazine as one of the Top 10 Corps dancers to watch. That is because the soon-to-be 19-year-old (on July 4) is capturing the attention of companies and ballet audiences with her stunning extensions, endless turns, and powerful jumps. Shee was born in Toronto, Canada, and she started dancing because her aunt would babysit her while her parents were at work. "Ballet was her idea. I was 3. I loved it," Shee said. At age 13, Shee was already performing flawless fouettes en pointe, which you've most likely seen on YouTube! By age 19, she has already danced with American Ballet Theatre II, Canadian Ballet Theatre (Soloist) and as a guest with South African Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Rochester City Ballet and San Antonio Ballet.

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Photo of Alys Shee by: Aleksandre Antonijevic

Shee, who describes her dancing as a "work in progress" and said she wasn't nervous at all on her first day with Birmingham Royal Ballet talked with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins about growing up in the competitive ballet world.


 

Real_World_Ballerina: Student, Comedian, Dancer

Ballet and humor? Oh yes. Real_world_ballerina knows how to keep it real!

You may be one of the 15,000 following her on Instagram. Real_world_ballerina (who prefers to go by her Internet handle) is vibrant, full of life, energy and positivity. But she also knows about discipline, focus and the seriousness that is required when studying ballet. Hence, real_world_ballerina was born. The 17-year-old pre-professional ballet student from Orange County, California, has been featured by Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit for capturing the humor and hard work that lies behind the scenes in the ballet world. Today, she talks with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins!

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Photo: real_world_ballerina


 

The Young Ballerina Life: Robbie Downey's Ballet Babble

Robbie Downey is a 14-year-old ballerina in training. Dedicated to the ballet life, Robbie chronicles her experiences through Ballet Freak, an online community of ballerinas dedicated to learning and discussing the art. Robbie recently competed at the Youth American Grand Prix. Read about her adventures!

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Photo: Robbie Downey; Photo by: dancereportage.com


 

Being a Dance Mentor

Nobel Banquet prizewinner, Rosalyn Yalow, once said to a group of students:

"If we are to have faith that mankind will survive and thrive on the face of the earth, we must believe that each succeeding generation will be wiser than its progenitors. We transmit to you, the next generation, the total sum of our knowledge. Yours is the responsibility to use it, to add to it, and transmit it to your children."

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Keltie Colleen says: Be Strong, Dancers!

Keltie Colleen was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. She made a career out of being a professional dancer, against everyone's belief. How? "I'm 40% talent, 60% determination." She has worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Christina Perri, Kanye West, John Legend, Miranda Cosgrove, Fergie, and Enrique Iglesias. She designs her own clothing line at Sugar & Bruno and she's written a book about the dance life struggles and benefits. She's one brave dancer, out there doing amazing things with her talent and her determination!

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Photo from: keltiecolleen.com


 

Costumer for NYC Ballet Shares Her Story

As a young girl, Kellie Sheehan dreamed of living a creative life. She never dreamed she would be helping create costumes for New York City Ballet! Read about her journey from dreamer to costumer.

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Photo: Reid and Harriet Design; Kellie Sheehan, Draper


 

Ballerina Uses Ballet Training in Aerial Dance

Meet Elizabeth Fraley! She trained as a ballerina growing up, and now she uses her ballet background in the world of aerial dance. From Fairfax Station, Virginia, Elizabeth followed her dream to Los Angeles, California where she continues to train in dance, body conditioning and yoga while pursuing her PhD (in cell and molecular biology)! Read more about this dancer!

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Photo by: Dan Krauss


 

Interview with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Sara Mearns

Read our interview with New York City Principal dancer, Sara Mearns as she discusses growing up in the ballet world, and the whirlwind of classes, schools, auditions and ballets that have come together to make her dreams come true. The interview is open, honest and truthful. A true look at the life of an American ballerina.

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Photo: Sara Mearns performing with New York City Ballet


 

Distorted Thinking

Have you ever started a day and you just don't feel there? Your mind is somewhere else, your body is exhausted or just can't do anything right, and you're left standing there, wide-eyed, saying something like: "I'm seriously not here today."

This could mean you're just over-stressed, or have too much going on. But maybe your lack of focus/strength/power/energy comes from the fact that it's leaking out in other areas of your life? Maybe the way you are thinking about a situation in your life is consuming your focus/strength/power/energy?


 

Why Create?

"Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living."


 

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