To Valeria Sanchez Jairala dance is everything in her life. She is only 14 and started dancing ballet since she was 3 years old.
Currently she’s studying at the Russian Academy of Ballet in Guayaquil, directed by Ana Wieser and prepares hard every day to achieve her greatest goal: Become a professional dancer.
To achieve this, Valeria has had to sacrifice hours of fun and delays in school because of the 8 hours she has to rehearse, even when she’s injured.
Valeria is a few hours of starting a new stage in her life, she’ll begin classes at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. This institution, with over 235 years of history, has trained the most prestigious dancers, teachers and choreographers in the world, who then became part of the renowned Bolshoi Theatre Ballet and other dance companies.
Over the past three years, Valeria has attended to summer camps that the Bolshoi Academy offers in Connecticut, USA. The program organized by the Russian American Foundation works as a space for auditions, in this context Bolshoi Academy give scholarships for Americans and invitations to young dancers of other nationalities.
Valeria tell that only three girls from a group of 32 students were invited to join this school; a big recognition that is “hard to get” because to enter to this the institution, students must undergo rigorous auditions and other tests. The promising youngster knows that to achieve any goal you must sacrifice many things, besides being disciplined and persevering.
Her mentor, Ana Wiesner, will travel with her and stay there for a month and a half, during that time she also will take classes of technical update.