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Has been named 2012-2013 Critic's Choice"Outstanding Dancer" - Dance Europe magazine
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CW: Dear Patricia! I'm a Chinese mom with a ballerina daughter. I like your performance very much! They look like effortless and graceful. I'm thinking of letting my daughter to become a professional if she can be accepted into one of the professional ballet academy in the future. But can you give me some advice like what the professional school like Kirov is looking for when you audition? Basically what will get you in? And how to work towards that? BTW, my daughter is a straight A student and a nice, gentle girl like you are. Wish you shine brighter and brighter on the stage!
PZ: Hello Cindy!
I'm sorry I can't help much, as I don't know exactly what they look for in auditions.
I think every school looks for different things. Of course raw talent and physical attributes are important, but I think the best thing is to just have fun and show that you are trying hard and that you(your daughter) love to dance.
Sadly there are not things that can "get you in"... I just would focus on improving each step as you never know when they'll notice you or how long they will have to watch you.
Hope this somewhat helped. Best of luck!
LM: Dear Sara, I have a question for you: which pointe shoes do you wear? i saw a lot of pictures of you recently, and the shoes look really beautiful on your feet! i couldn't really identify which brand they were, but they looked great! :D ;o)
SMM: Hi, Thank you so much. I wear different brands, and seem to be on a continual quest for the right one. Growing up, I was in Mindens a lot, but then I switched to Grishko Pros, but wore Capezios, Blochs, and others quite often as well. Now I've been trying out Freeds, but this is a challenge due to the makers and the constant quest for one who is still available but not overbooked. Some of my recent photos are in Freeds that turned out not to be the exact make or sizing I needed for performing. Thanks for asking, and so sorry for the delay. I need to get back onto this website more. It's an amazing site, so I need to come by more often :) :D xxo
on tour ..arriving
37th Swan Lake Season Ending, Beginning of Sleeping Beauty... here we go!..
SL: Hi Patricia! Just wanted to say I've watched your vids on youtube and absolutely cannot believe you started at 13! I've also started a little late, age 12, and we have similar body proportions and stuff (although I'm not nearly as good LOL) so you've been a huge inspiration to me! Right now I want to get prof training at Kirov or somewhere, but my asian parents are totally against the idea, like yours were. I remember reading or hearing somewhere that you got your grades up to convince them- was that all it took? And how'd you find the motivation to do that? I really want to be a dancer, but at the same time I absolute hate academic work and can never quite get all A's. Are grades the only way to convince asian parents like ours to let us do what we want? TT.TT
PZ: Hi Sakura,
They actually agreed to let me go to ballet school if I maintained my grades. I have always been a 4.0 student, so I just had to keep getting straight A's.
It is tough when your parents to not support your decision, but my parents were right: injuries are so prevalent in dance, so your studies need to be there as a back-up.
Try to show them another way how much this means to you. I'm sure they will only want what's best for you. xx