Team Zarely unites world’s most celebrated principal dancers, Zarely Role Models, most promising young ballerinas, Zarely Rising Stars, but we would never be complete without Zarely Ambassadors – gifted and supportive tutors, strong community leaders and simply amazing people who make the world around them a much better place. We have been sharing their stories in our social media, but since we always strive for more we are launching yet another series – interviews with Zarely Ambassadors. Today we are thrilled to introduce you to Sarah Lapointe, not only is she a great ballerina but an inspiring and helpful community leader. Without further ado let’s jump into conversation with Sarah that we hope you’ll enjoy just like we always do.
Team Zarely: How long have you been doing ballet?
Sarah: I began my dance training with a creative movement class when I was just two years old. Growing up I was a competition dancer and trained in a variety of genres including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. I became more passionate about ballet around ten years old and decided to focuse more on the artistry, music and history of ballet around age fourteen. Altogether, it lasts for 17 years.
Team Zarely: What helps you most to advance in your dancing career?
Sarah: First of all, it is the attitude. I always try to have a positive attitude, strong work ethic and willingness to learn and apply corrections. I should name confidence as well. I don’t compare myself to others because everyone has his own strengths and weaknesses. Each dancer is unique and we all have something special to share! I always do my best to make my performances beautiful, memorable and inspiring for audience. And I believe in God and my faith strengthens me.
Team Zarely: How would you describe your path as a dancer?
Sarah: I began my dance training in Maryland at the age of 2, attending Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Kristin Hernandez and Shannon Torres. At the age of fourteen I transferred to Baltimore School for the Arts for one year. After attending a summer intensive at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, I received a full scholarship to train as a Professional Division student under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff. At that time I made the decision to move away from home at the age of fifteen to attend the rigorous training program. I was honored to be featured in many classical and contemporary roles with a variety of choreographers and répétiteurs. I continued ballet competitions and was humbly awarded numerous top honors and awards for my technique and artistry. My summer intensive studies included the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Rock School and the selective Chautauqua School of Dance, where in 2014 I was honored with the Artistic Director Award for Overall Excellence and Faculty Award for Technical Merit. In 2015, I became the National Young Arts Foundation Winner in Ballet and was nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist. At the age of 18 I was offered my first professional contact from Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Artistic Director of Charlotte Ballet, and joined the company for the 2015-2016 season. Additionally, my professional experience includes guest performances with The Washington Ballet under artistic director Septime Webre in the history breaking performances of Swan Lake featuring Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack. Currently I am in my second season with Charlotte Ballet.
Team Zarely: Well to accomplish all these things surely requires a lot of dedictio, focus and … time. But why is community service important to you? You could choose to spend this time in a class or just go to movie with your friends.
Sarah: I enjoy being able to help others and give back to my community. It feels good to expect nothing in return. You leave with a full heart. And, the joy I bring to the community comes back to fill my life.
Team Zarely: What are the key problems you address with your activities?
Sarah: I promote the values of health and longivity among my peers. As dancers, we are often faced with physical discomfort and injuries. And that is one of the reasons I love collaborating with Zarely. Z3 model Compression tights were developed to increase blood circulation to muscles and allow for fast and efficient recovery. I love sharing this “life-hack” and see how it changes the game for many of my friends!
Team Zarely: How do you envision your projects to evolve?
Sarah: My vision is to continue being an artist, who strives endlessly to dig deeper, go further and become more! I am currently involved in some exciting new projects of Team Zarely. They are going to be released very soon so stay tuned!
Team Zarely: As ballerina how do you like Zarely tights?
Sarah: Zarely tights are the best things I’ve put on my legs. I absolutely love them. They truly are one-of-a-kind and make my legs feel and look amazing. The high technology in the fabric is so incredible allowing dancers to show off their perfect leg line.
Team Zarely: Why did you agree to become Zarely Ambassador?
Sarah: I really love Zarely and the team behind creating this perfect leg-wear. You guys understand and care about dancers, so Zarely products feel and look good on the body. It was quite an honor to be invited by Ruben Martin to become a Zarely Ambassador. I agreed to collaborate with Zarely because I’d like to educate dancers about this outstanding dancewear company. All dancers deserve to feel good and comfortable with their bodies, and Zarely is perfect for that! I’m also very grateful to become a part of the global family of professional dancers from prestigious ballet companies around the world. And I’m very excited about the upcoming projects your team is currently working on! Thank you, Zarely!
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