The Director of the Career & College Guidance Program recently interviewed Eliza Burdette, who is featured in IBA's Student Spotlight for February 2018.
IBA: Congratulations, Eliza, on being featured in IBA's Student Spotlight for February. How long have you been dancing, and how long have you been a student at International Ballet Academy?
EB: I’ve been dancing for 7 years, all at IBA.
IBA: There are several dance schools in the Greater Greenville area. What keeps you at IBA?
EB: I love the instructors! I believe that this is the top quality studio in this area for classical ballet.
IBA: How do you manage high school academics while dancing nearly every day?
EB: It's hard, but I have a planner to keep me on track.
IBA: If you could dance any role in any ballet, what would it be?
EB: I would dance the role of Lise from La Fille Mal Gardée.
IBA: What have been your best moments as a dancer?
EB: I have several, but the best is when I was Cinderella for IBA's Studio Performance Group, and I also loved performing as Alain in the SPG performance of La Fille Mal Gardée.
IBA: Who are the biggest influences in your life?
EB: My biggest influences are my music teachers at church, my parents, Ms. Vlada, Miss Juliana, and Mr. Alex.
IBA: What is something you have learned as a ballet dancer that has helped you in other areas of your life?
EB: I have learned discipline and the determination not to give up, even when it's hard.
IBA: Just for fun, complete this sentence. "Ballet would be better without _____________."
EB: I can’t really say, I like it all.
IBA: What has been your biggest challenge as a dancer?
EB: My biggest challenge has been getting my splits.
IBA: You were selected as a role model for other students at IBA. What advice do you have for younger ballet students?
EB: Always put forth your best, and don’t give up.
IBA: Finally, Eliza, do you have any goals or future plans regarding dance that you want to share with us?
EB: I know it’s a long shot, but my dream is to someday be on Broadway.
IBA: Thank you, Eliza. Again, congratulations and best of luck to you. We are looking forward to seeing you perform in International Ballet’s Coppélia April 14-15 at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre.
Eliza Burdette as Spanish Hot Chocolate at the International Ballet Nutcracker Tea.