November 2017 Featured DancerMadyson Grobe
This month we interviewed Madyson Grobe. At only 12, we expect a wonderful future for this ballerina! Enjoy the interview and leave a comment!
DA: How old were you when you started dancing and how old are you now?
Madyson: I was just 2 years old when my mom put me dance at a studio right down the road from my house! She says I fell in love with dancing that very first class and I would dance ALL THE TIME. I would dance at the dinner table, practice my leaps down the aisle in the grocery store, and couldn’t sit still in my car seat and I haven’t stopped since then! I am now 12 years old and still love it just as much!
DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Madyson: I currently dance and go to school at The Dallas Conservatory in Dallas, Texas! So I literally get to dance ALL DAY LONG!
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Madyson: BALLET! I moved to TDC when I was 8 years old and that is when I knew that I wanted to one day be a professional ballerina! This school is known for their great ballet training and focus on technique, so I feel pretty lucky to get to learn from some of the best in the business to help me reach my dreams and goals!
DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Madyson: I cannot just choose one because 3 have been very important to me! Jaqueline Porter is a 2-time YAGP Teacher of the Year and she is the owner and artistic director of TDC. She saw something in me when I was just 8 years old. She has taken me under her wing and laid the strong foundation of ballet for me. Her time and attention to details have been a crucial part of my training. Then there is Ms. Clair Culin who is my contemporary coach and it’s her positive and uplifting spirit that really keeps me going. I know I can count on her to help me mentally tackle challenges or obstacles and be there to pick me up when I am at my lowest! Finally, Ms. Olga Pavlova has had a huge impact on me, too! She was a prima Russian ballerina and graduated from the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. To learn from someone who not only was a professional ballerina but became one of the best during her time is very inspiring. To have someone to tell you first hand about the business and what to expect is so valuable.
DA: What obstacles have you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Madyson: There are 2 things that seem to always put up obstacles in my way! Ballet is a VERY expensive sport. From training classes to private lessons, to studio rentals, to the never-ending new pointe shoes, to tutus, to physical therapy, to travel, to competitions…the list could keep going as far as expenses. Both of my parents devote almost all their time and money into my goals and dreams and sometimes I feel so selfish that it costs so much money, but I also feel incredibly blessed that they are willing to sacrifice vacations, new things, or time for themselves so that I can continue doing what I love. But even if money wasn’t a factor, I have struggled this year with an injury! I have something called plantar fasciitis and it can flare up and cause even walking to be VERY PAINFUL. I have to go to physical therapy on a regular basis to help with the constant pain. I am learning to work around my limitations, but right now I am just taking it day by day!
DA: How do you overcome negative feelings?
Madyson: I really rely on my family, teachers, and faith to keep me going. God has put some very incredible people in my path and I am forever grateful for their constant guidance! I believe the Lord has a plan for me and I will continue to keep trusting in His plan and path and I know that I the road will not always be an easy or smooth one, but I have to trust that one day I will get to where I need to be!
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Madyson: Ms. Clair once told me that our minds are incredibly powerful. That many times it’s not our abilities or lack thereof, that makes us or destroys us, it is our mindset! The more positivity you feed your mind, the more positivity you will create around you. Whether you are on stage, in an audition, training in a studio, taking a test, or just living your life…if you seek negativity, negative things are more likely to occur, but if you choose to focus on the good, tell yourself you are good enough and that you are worthy, better things are likely to unfold around you!
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance in the future?
Madyson: My ultimate goal is to be part of a professional ballet company one day! I hope within the next few years to train year-round with one of those companies with the hopes that it would eventually lead to a professional contract.
DA: Anything else you want to share?
Madyson: I am currently training to once again compete at YAGP. Last year I had the honor of winning the Hope Award, which is the highest honor you can receive ages 9 – 11. This year I will be the baby in the junior category so I know I have my work cut out for me as I will be competing against much older dancers. In addition, I am preparing to make my debut as the Snow Queen in TDC’s Nutcracker this year. I will be the youngest from my company to have danced this role so far, so I am very honored to have this opportunity!