Alli Chester is a ballerina with Ballet Arizona and has just received admittance to a select dance program in Seattle. She is sweet, humble and adorable with an incredible work ethic.
Q. You are a ballet dancer, tell us about that.
A. I practice classical ballet at the School of Ballet Arizona. I dance six days a week for a total of approximately 24 hours. Ballet is my true passion. It is the highlight of my day. I work really hard to make sure that I keep my grades up because my education is equally important to me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to train for five weeks this summer in Seattle at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. I feel very blessed that I will be exposed to such great training, in addition to the wonderful training I get in Arizona.
Q. How long have you been practicing ballet?
A. I have been dancing since I was three. I started at a local dance studio called Cannedy Performing Arts, which I loved! While there I learned jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, ballet and more! In fifth grade, I started performing in Ballet Arizona’s production of the Nutcracker. Shortly thereafter, I moved studios to Ballet Arizona and started to focus strictly on ballet.
Q. What is the hardest thing you have had to learn in ballet?
A. The hardest thing I have learned in ballet is how to handle disappointment. There are so many amazing dancers and so few leading rolls that you cannot get every role that you want. In that situation, the important thing to remember is to be happy for whoever gets the role and to keeping working hard!
Q. Do you wish to be a ballerina as you get older?
A. Yes! Becoming a professional ballerina is a goal I have had for a long time. It would be a dream come true!
Q. Tell us about your involvement with National Junior Honor Society?
A. I was invited to join NJHS for my eighth grade year. I have learned so many important life skills such as how to understand and comfort people with compassion and to take action and help causes that you believe to be important. I really value my role in NJHS, and I truly believe that I am a better person because of it.
Q. Tell us about your summer involvement at TACSC (Catholic leadership camp)?
A. I attended TACSC Leadership camp in California for the past two summers. It is a five day camp where we focus on personal growth, leadership skills, and building cooperation skills that will help us succeed with our peers as adults in our future. I will never forget my amazing experience at TACSC, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to be a leader in everyday life.
Alli is an eighth grader at Saint Francis Xavier School.