Magazine article Dance Magazine

Principal Soloist with Miami City Ballet

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Principal Soloist with Miami City Ballet

Article excerpt

I have never known a life without dance. Born into a world of dancers, studios and theaters were my playground. I'm pretty sure I even listened to the scores of the ballet classics when I was still inside of my mother's belly.

My mother and father often danced together, being in the i same professional company. Today, they continue to work in the ballet world as teachers. My mother has her own school, which is where I started dancing. Even though at first I hated ballet, everyone predicted that I would eventually follow in their footsteps. They were right.

Ballet is my pursuit of expression, music and joy. But ballet also means something else to me: sacrifice. I left my family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at 15 to join Miami City Ballet School, which had offered me a scholarship. 1 went to live on my own in a foreign country, not knowing the language, the culture, how to cook or even how to open a bank account. I thought I understood a lot about ballet life, but moving to America proved there was so much out there that I was not aware of; it was like starting over. There were many tears and frustrations throughout the first few years in Miami because I couldn't communicate with people or even forge relationships due to language barriers.

It was my goal of becoming a ballerina with MCB that made the sacrifice worth it. But none of this would've been possible if it wasn't for my mother, who mentally prepared me and taught me to have discipline, strength and goals, all of which I bring into every single class and rehearsal. …

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