GALINA Lastochkina

Saved 10/23/17 3:13 AM to Theater. Ballet

What It Takes to Be a Star | Strictly Ballet: Episode 1  See details »

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  • 00:22: balle has become my life within these past four years at the school
  • 00:30: I was seven years old when my dad decided to put me into creative movement my teacher was just like you have to do ballet from that moment on I did ballet every single day of my life at this school there's really no graduation but when they feel you're ready to dance professionally they let you go so this year I'm 18 and I have to get a job it's scary but I think I'm
  • 01:00: ready when I was 12 I was Clara and the Nutcracker and performing on stage was the most amazing thing I had ever done in my life and I think that's really when my spark for ballet ignited because we are so dedicated to our art form I've definitely sacrificed experiencing an average teenage life I had to move away from home at 15 I don't have a normal prom don't have a normal
  • 01:30: homecoming don't have a normal graduation I was 8 when I saw the dents claws I came out of that class and I was the happiest boy and created a drive inside me I was like I'm gonna do this I'm from Australia originally the audition happened in February when I came over with my father suddenly I had been accepted into pretty much the best school in America coming to SAV I didn't have that foundation at being in the lower levels
  • 02:00: so I think putting everything together that's probably been the biggest challenge of me I was very determined that I was going to be a dancer ever since I was seven because I had two parents that were professional dancers there are definitely many requirements the professional dancer in terms of your body type like for me I'm not a tall guy but the important thing is that everyone has something they can bring to the table and I think you have to be determined you have to believe in yourself that you're gonna do whatever it takes because if you don't do that
  • 02:31: then it's not going to happen go there good news he lift your chest yep and me me no see you can't start early because if you I go one two three and you go go and you're like this one two three go cut to that top right you have to explode out of the position two
  • 03:00: three plie valley is beautiful it's self-expression without having to use anything else but in order to achieve that it takes a lot of hard work to get the tool back this Pierre Martens runs New York City Ballet at the end of the year he's gonna choose a few apprentices that he wants for his company and there are so few jobs in the professional ballet career so at the end of the day he's kind of making the final
  • 03:30: decision about your future yeah it's okay it's very nice except you don't separate one two and it doesn't stop who wants to show to and that I'll spare you one two and one
  • 04:09: you have to show boom there's that artistry behind it that you have to work so hard to get and you have to have that technique in that strength and the ability to do everything that you physically have to do on stage okay top huh to make it as a professional dancer
  • 04:36: you have to have a lot in this day and age the level of ability and technique is so much more advanced than it ever was we teach them a balancing technique that gives them the opportunity to use a great amount of energy excitement and a musicality and that's really what one needs to be a professional dancer
  • 05:04: if you want to pursue it as a dream and it's gonna be time-consuming and physically demanding it's just like any other sport it's definitely not something you can just do for two hours a day and be okay with it it's a great art form but strenuous on your body when you're jumping creating the movements on one leg as soon as we get offstage we're jumping in ice buckets and we're rolling out our muscles
  • 05:32: there are so few jobs in the professional ballet career that it's hard it's all about being mentally and physically strong in dedication and passion you have to love it not many other seventeen-year-olds know what they're going to do in 20 years time obviously that's do surprises that will come up injuries come up things that we can't control but you think of how hard it is now but then you think 10 years time when you're performing in front of thousands of people it just
  • 06:01: sets it in stone we've been working up for so long just to get a job so but I just really hope this next audition season goes well I want to be able to perform every night hear the applause and it's what I'm willing to work for until I get to that point 14 years old is really young to move away from home you have to grow up a little bit this year is the year what
  • 06:31: we need to fix everything stand up straight way up on your legs three to the side