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Student Voice: What's it like as a First Year Student at Online School? Just ask Zenya

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Student Voice: What's it like as a First Year Student at Online School? Just ask Zenya

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May 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Hi! My name is Zenya and I am seventeen years old. My dream is to become a professional ballet dancer. My mom took me to my first ballet class when I was four years old. When I took my first class I knew that this was what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Many people laughed at me and asked how a four-year-old could know what career they want. But so far I have still kept striving toward this dream that I wanted since I was four.


This is my first year at Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts & Sciences. CMA-SAS has let me be able to focus more on my dance than any other regular school has ever allowed me. When I have performances coming up, CMA-SAS is willing to let me focus most of my attention on the performances, which helps a great deal and lets me perform at my best.  The CMA-SAS school lets me go for my dream while also letting me have an amazing education.

Dancing is my dream, but with any dream there comes challenges. I do not have what’s called the perfect ballet body, which would be a long and thin body, arched feet, and a 180 turnout (180 turnout which means hips are rotated to a point where the heels are touching and the toes are pointing outwards).  I do not naturally have this kind of body, so I have to work ten times more than a girl that might be naturally born with it.  Whenever I get really upset about this fact I just think that this is a hurdle I have to get over because in every person’s life there will be a hurdle and this one is mine.  I also think of how my parents have supported me and sacrificed everything for me. I want to someday get into a company and be a principal dancer in a performance and show them that I have reached my dream and goal and it was all thanks to my wonderful parents.