New York, USA

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @alisonstroming_

1. Your Bio

I started dance when I was two years old because my two older brothers were professional tap dancers. I fell in love with tap and jazz and competed with my dance studio growing up. I started my formal ballet training when I was nine years old at the School of American Ballet and since then I fell in love with the art form and knew ballet was what I wanted to pursue. 

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

1. Ambitious

2. Genuine

3. Reliable

4. Loyal

5. Independent.

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

I aspire to become a principal ballerina with a major ballet company. That would be one of my biggest goals and dreams! I would also like to start my own dance company or publication someday. 

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken." For me it's a simple, but powerful quotation - sometimes it's so hard to be myself but this quote is very true and important.

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

One of my fondest memories growing up was my first performance of The Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet when I was nine years old. I was a soldier and an angel and to be performing at Lincoln Center was a blessing. From that first moment on such a big stage and watching the company members perform from the wings inspired me to become a ballerina.

6. What are the top 3 things to do on your bucket list?

1. First thing in my bucket list is to visit Recife, Brazil which is where I was born. I have been to Rio de Janeiro with my family but didn't have the chance to visit Recife. 

2. The second thing I would like to do is to live in Europe. One of my dreams is to dance for a European ballet company and to live in Europe would be a great experience.

3. The last thing on my bucket list would be to learn how to surf! 

7. What have you failed at before and what did you learn from this.

I have failed many times and when I was younger there were many things that I hoped to achieve but it didn't happen. There were dance competitions that I didn't place at, auditions and jobs that I wouldn't book, and facing rejection at ballet company auditions. I have learned to use my sadness and frustration with myself to strive towards the next level and to take in every opportunity. 

8. Who inspires you?

My mother inspires me. She is incredibly gracious, supportive, and has taught me everything I know. I wouldn't be where I am today without her. 

9. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

My two favorite movies are between Center Stage (of course!) and The Devil Wears Prada. My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry which I first read back in middle school and have never forgotten it.

10. If you had to live on a deserted island and you could only take one thing, what would you take and why?

I would have to take my iPhone and I know that sounds kinda bad and I hate to admit it but I cant live without it. My life is on my iPhone! Also, maybe there would be an app that could alert help! 

11. What 3 pieces of advice would you give for others who want to get into your field or industry?

1. Remember why you dance because it is a very hard life. Ballet is very demanding physically and emotionally as well as time consuming. You live dance, you breathe dance, you sleep dance. Unless you really are in love with ballet don't do it.

2. Dance training is essential in establishing yourself as a professional, but don’t limit yourself when it comes to style. If ballet is your passion, take a few hip hop or jazz classes. You can gain new skills and perhaps discover that you enjoy forms you’d never thought about studying before. Taking classes with different teachers can also be helpful in preparing you for work in different professional environments.

3. Dancing is a very demanding—but often rewarding—field that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Be patient, focus on yourself and goals, and work hard. 

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