Interview: Life at the School of American Ballet

Hey everyone!  Today I bring to you a very, very special interview.  Anna, @ballerinaanna on Instagram, is a student at the School of American Ballet, the school for the New York City Ballet, in New York City.  She is a very hard worker and she features some excellent posts on her Instagram account.  She also runs her own business, BunFlowerz, where she sells hair accessories for dancers.  Every one of those is remarkably beautiful.

I asked Anna if she would answer a few questions about her life at the School of American Ballet and the Balanchine style for my subscribers and she agreed.  She also gave some advice and tips on how to do your best and reach your fullest potential as a dancer.  Use the following links below to learn more about Anna and purchase a hair accessory:

Anna’s Instagram

BunFlowerz Instagram

BunFlowerz Website

School of American Ballet Website

So, without further ado, here is Anna’s interview:

Where did you start dancing, and how did you discover that you loved the Balanchine style?

I started dancing at a local studio when I was 8, and I first discovered my love for the Balanchine style when I did the SAB summer intensive.  I had never done Balanchine before, and I immediately fell in love with it.

What is the most challenging part of your day at the School of American Ballet?

The most challenging part is the long days where I have multiple classes and rehearsal.  I’m always exhausted by the end of the day.

What is your biggest tip for balancing your life, business, and dance training?

Definitely planning ahead is key to time management, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.  My family is so supportive and helps me a lot with balancing everything.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations or mentors?

I admire all the New York City Ballet principals, and would love to dance there someday.

What is your biggest advice for aspiring dancers?

I would just say: don’t worry about comparing yourself to others.  Getting yourself down won’t help with anything.  Instead focus your energy on improving your own dancing, and being better than you were the day before.  Don’t be discouraged by off days (everyone has them!) and never lose sight of why you started dancing.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and make sure to thank @ballerinaanna on Instagram for her time.  I’ll see you all on Monday with more great content!

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