Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Laetitia and her journey to becoming a ballerina

If there is anything that the girl is hugely passionate about, it is dance.

She has been increasing her dance hours in the recent years.  She started around the age of five with an hour of dance a week, it increased to two hours per week when she took her first Royal Academy of Dance exam.  She was six going on seven then and was preparing for her Primary exams which she scored a distinction.

In September of 2013, I switched her from The Ballet and Music Company to Singapore Ballet Academy and she started two hours a week of lesson regularly before it increased to 3 1/2 hours a week by January 2014.  Even then, she kept asking for more dance classes.  Eventually in January of 2015, we decided to let her try jazz as well with another dance school, AQ Dance.   That added another hour of dance for her and she absolutely loved the energy of this dance genre.

After attending AQ Dance for a couple of months, she was invited to audition for their scholarship programme which would add another 1 1/2 hrs a week!  By middle of 2015, she was dancing a total of 7 hours a week without taking into consideration any additional rehearsals or practice!  Yet, she seemed to be at her element.  Her school work never suffered and she had enough self motivation to keep going at both her

Recently, she auditioned for the Opera de Paris Ballet School Summer Intensive.  Opera de Paris is but one of the top three ballet schools in the world, some might say the best.  Laetitia has dreams of being an etoile at the Opera de Paris company.  There's a long road to go but at least, now she has the chance of being coached for a week by the best of the best.  I wonder if she would actually meet Aurelie Dupont and possibly receive a pointer or two by the lady herself!   I think that will be the cherry on top of the cake.

Anyway, here's the audition video she sent through for the audition.

And this was the one she sent last year for American Ballet Theatre which she was successful but was offered the Orange County session which unfortunately clash with her school term.