North Carolina

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @sarahelapointe

1. Your Bio

I am 18 years old and have been dancing since I was 2. At the age of 14, I left home to study dance year-round at a boarding school known as The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA (USA). I spent three years in Philadelphia focusing on my technique and artistry because I knew that one day I wanted to become a professional ballerina. I auditioned for ballet companies across the U.S. and absolutely fell in love with Charlotte Ballet. After being invited to visit and take class with the company, I was offered a position with Charlotte Ballet’s first company. Coming straight out of high school and being the youngest in the company, I have many colleagues to look up to and learn from as I further my studies as a professional artist.

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

1. Energetic

2. Determined

3. Compassionate

4. Amusing

5. Adaptable

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

To become a principal ballerina for a ballet company and to guest teach around the world. I am also currently studying for a degree in Kinesiology so one day I can also help injured dancers rehabilitate themselves.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”

― William W. Purkey

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

Traveling all over United States for dance competitions as a young girl with my Mom, Dad, and Grandparents.

6. What is the most adventurous thing you can say that you have done?

Jumping off a 25ft high cliff into the mountain cold water at Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

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

Sometimes I am too hard on myself. I tend to focus too much on my technique and how I look, instead of having fun with the art form and performing for the audience. I have learned that nobody is perfect and everyone has their own personal strengths.

8. Who inspires you?

Patricia McBride

9. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

The movie “Elf”.

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

A motorboat, so that I could get off the deserted island.

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

1. Always listen to corrections even if they aren’t directed towards you. You can never have enough to work on.

2. Never give up on your dream. If you really want it, you’ll keep working for what you want.

3. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough.