Magazine article Dance Teacher

Is It Time for a New Challenge?

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Is It Time for a New Challenge?

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Those of us in the arts know that success rarely comes easily. Whether we're vying for a company position, pushing our videos to go viral or raising money to open a school, we are acutely aware of how much competition there is. The remarkable thing about dancers is our persistence. We learn at our first barre not to give up. The more we work, the bigger the reward.

When people like Mariaelena Ruiz bring that work ethic to the professional world, there is simply no stopping them. A revered faculty member at The Rock School, Ruiz had established a reputation for coaching winning ballet competitors. (Think Michaela DePrince and Beckanne Sisk.) So why would she leave her comfort zone for the headaches of starting a new program at an unknown school? In "Raising the Stakes in North Carolina" (page 36), Ruiz talks about her new ambition to put Cary Ballet Conservatory on the regional ballet-training map. …

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