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An Interview with Emma Paluszak

November 20, 2017

IBA recently interviewed Emma Paluszak, who is featured in this month's Student Spotlight. 


IBA:  Congratulations, Emma, on being featured in IBA's Student Spotlight for November.   How long have you been dancing, and how long have you been a student at International Ballet Academy?


EP: This is my tenth year dancing and my ninth year at IBA.


IBA: You’ve been with us since you were in Pre-Ballet.  Why have you stayed at IBA?


EP: I have stayed because of the excellent teachers and training.  I also have great friends at IBA.


IBA:  This is your first year as a member of the International Ballet Junior Company. What have been your biggest challenges as a company member?   


EP:  I think the biggest challenge has been learning advanced choreography and mastering it in a short period of time.


IBA:  What have been your best moments as a dancer?


EP:  The times I have spent dancing with my friends.  It’s been great being able to share those moments performing with them.


IBA: International Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is coming up in just a couple of weeks  Tell us about your roles.


EP: I’m a maid in the party scene; I’m in Snow, and I’m in Waltz of the Flowers for the second year.


IBA:  You were chosen by the IBA directors and choreographers for your progress in contemporary dance and for being a dedicated and responsible understudy for company roles.  What went through your mind when you received this news?   


EP:  I was surprised and humbled at being chosen. 


IBA:  If you could perform any role, what would it be?


EP:  I would love to perform Spanish in The Nutcracker.


IBA:   Who are the biggest influences in your life?


EP:  My biggest influence is God.  After Him, I’d say my big sister, Mary-Wilson, and Mrs. Vlada and Miss Juliana, my teachers, who have been so encouraging by pushing me to do better.


IBA:  Just for fun, complete this sentence.  "Ballet would be better without _____________."


EP:   Ballet would be better without adagio.


IBA:  What advice do you have for younger ballet students?


EP:  Be your best while having fun at what you’re doing.


IBA:  Finally, Emma, do you have any goals or plans for the future in regard to dance that you want to share with us?


EP: My dream career would be to dance as a company member with Ballet Magnificat.


IBA:  Thank you, Emma.  Again, congratulations and best of luck to you.  We certainly look forward to watching you train and perform this year.



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