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An Interview with Eliza Burdette

February 15, 2018

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.


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