Journey Into Dance

As talented dancers approach high school graduation, they often find themselves asking some tough questions, including “Should I abandon my love of dance and possible professional career to go to college, or should I postpone my advanced education to pursue my dance career?”

Our Ballet Mistress and Artistic Director, Dubraskha Arrivillaga, found herself faced with the same challenge. As she shared, “…my Mom always told me that she would let me dance as long as my academics were my priority.” Although she began her professional career at the young age of 14, Dubraskha kept her promise to her mother. Dubraskha graduated from high school at the age of 16, took two years off from school to focus on dance, and searched for a career that allowed her to dance professionally during the day and to attend school at night.

The same focus and determination that made her such an accomplished ballet dancer also helped her with her studies. At age 18, she enrolled in the Central University of Venezuela, from where she matriculated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. “At a very young age, I learned to manage my time….I also learned that you can do anything you set your mind and heart to.  I made my Mom proud and was able to live my dream.”

Photograph (by Katie and Tony de la Paz): During the 2014 "Evening with Classical Ballet Theatre," students perform "Journey," by Christine O'Neal.

Photograph (by Katie and Tony de la Paz): During the 2014 “Evening with Classical Ballet Theatre,” students perform “Journey,” by Christine O’Neal.

As Dubraskha’s story highlights, higher education and professional dance careers are not mutually exclusive. Today’s graduates can have the best of both worlds! Check out this Dance Spirit Magazine article to learn more about the journey into dance!…/i-have-no-idea-what-i-want-to…/

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