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Team Zarely continues looking for exceptional young dancers who are heading to become real stars. Among our latest ballet discoveries is Adèle Belem from Paris Opera. New Zarely Rising Star told us about her first steps in ballet and what she finds most challenging in being a ballerina.

“I got down to ballet when I was 9. I was going to enter the Paris Opera Ballet School like my parents did. My mother was an “Etoile” with the company, so she had an indirect influence on my choice to try doing ballet. However, the decision to become a dancer was totally mine! At the very beginning, my parents didn’t even suggest I would become a ballerina!”

We asked Adèle what is the most difficult thing about being a ballerina. After all your whole career depends on your ability to face the challenges: “For me being a ballet dancer requires huge mental strength. It’s the most important thing if you wish your career dreams to come true. But if you are frail, dancing becomes really hard. And healthy life style is definitely very important for a ballerina. But I do my best to be reasonable in maintaining my body fit.”

One of Adèle’s favorite principal dancers is Iana Salenko, prima ballerina with Berlin State Ballet and Zarely Role Model: “If I had such chance I’d ask Iana about the most difficult ballet performances she has ever danced in”

We addressed Iana with this question and here is what she answered: “I would say there are no easy ballets at all. Each is difficult in its own way: dramatically, technically or physically. For me the most challenging is to stand physical exertion in ballets like Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty or Balanchine’s pieces. I think you may easily hide your fatigue in modern dance, but classical ballet always must be performed with lightness”.


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