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.