xoxo alexandra ling
i’m yumiko and ur mariia
thank you so much! i knew i wanted to purse dance professionally after i went to american ballet theatre’s summer program in new york. i was never exposed to a lot of professionals at the time (only watching like five live ballet performances in my life, but tons of videos) and going to new york to watch abt was crazy. i ended up watching them perform like fifteen times that summer! after that, i knew i wanted to up on that stage with them. i wanted to be a part of their art and beauty ❤️ i know it’s difficult and very easy to get injured and end your career, but i still love ballet and would want to try no matter the consequences. even so, you should still have a backup plan. for me, in case i don’t make it or injure myself i’ve created my own clothing company thats still related to ballet. but try to incorporate something else you like too. for example, if you like writing, you could be an editor for pointe magazine or write ballet reviews. if you like photography, you could take dance pictures. anything! it’s always good to have a backup plan, but don’t let the fear of failure stop you from pursuing your dreams ☺️
Dancer’s life—waiting in the wings
(top): Corps de ballet waiting to go on for the wedding dance
(bottom): principal dancer goes over her choreography for the final pas de deux
Paquita, from the graduation performance of the vaganova ballet academy.