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Team Zarely: Jurgita, when did you start doing ballet?

Jurgita: When I was 9 years old, the National Ballet School in Lithuania was holding annual auditions for admission. I passed them and started my 8 years of training.

Team Zarely: Have you decided to become a ballerina yourself or was it your parents’ decision?

Jurgita: Just before the audition to the school my mother brought me and my sister to see the ballet performance at the National Opera & Ballet theater in Lithuania. It was “Snow-white and seven dwarfs” and I fell in love with ballet instantly. Since then I wanted to be on stage and I started to perform everywhere I could. At home, small events, in guests houses. All I needed was the music to improvise a dance on and the audience to watch me!

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

Jurgita: The hardest part is to be always ready and to be in your top shape. You never know what could happen in another hour. You never know who is going to call you to replace a performance or to offer the best guesting opportunity in the entire career. You just have to be ready to dance anything, any time, anywhere. Another big challenge is to be able to perform flawless even on a bad day. All of us have bad days, but the audience should never know about them.

Team Zarely: When young dancers ask you for advice what do you tell them?

Jurgita: It would really depend on the question. Wether it concerns ballet training, conditioning, performing, tackling on a new role, or insecurity, stage fright or other psychological issues, or even eating disorders.. in our profession there are so many things to discuss. The best advice is to acknowledge the problem first and then not to be afraid to ask for help.

Team Zarely: What are your biggest dreams now? Ballet-related or not.

Jurgita: To manage a huge variety of roles that are already created or will be created in the ballet world. I also dream to retire happily, realising that I did all I could in this relatively short career. Another dream is to be able to study further once my ballet career is over, to start new chapter in my life while still young and ambitious. Besides profession, my everyday dream is pretty simple: to have a healthy and loving family next to me.

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