Team Zarely: When did you start ballet lessons?

Dylan Gutierrez: I started taking ballet lessons at 3 years old

Team Zarely: Have you decided to be a ballet dancer by yourself or it was your parent's decision?

Dylan Gutierrez: I decided on my own. Even though my mother was a dancer, and my Instructor growing up. I chose Ballet over Basketball at around 11 years old.

Team Zarely: What do you think is the hardest part being a principal dancer?

Dylan Gutierrez: The hardest part for me is probably meeting the expectations and mastering the repertoire that comes with being a lead dancer. You are expected not only to be an exceptional dancer, but to also be versatile, act professionally and cohesively with whom ever you are working with. This is a lot of responsibility, and one I am lucky to have.

Team Zarely: If any of young dancer would ask you for some advice. What would it be?

Dylan Gutierrez: My advice to a young dancer would be to strive for longevity and not a short burst of recognition or success. Working, growing, and evolving is so important as a dancer and an artist. I strive every year to do better and learn from my struggles in the past. Don't rush, and continue to trust your process and work.

Team Zarely: What are you dreaming of? Any dream related to ballet or not.

Dylan Gutierrez: A dream for me would be to raise the level of awareness on successful careers in the arts. It is often looked at as a struggle and not a financially viable choice to do what you love. I myself and many people around me are living fulfilling successful lives in the arts, and I think it's something that should be brought to the attention of a larger audience.

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