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RETURN TO BLOG Posted 21 October 2020

Professional Dancer Q&A: Elisabeth Beyer

By Claudia Dean

Elisabeth has taken the ballet world by storm from a very young age. She is currently dancing with American Ballet Theatres Studio Company at just 18 years of age. A ballet competition star, having won YAGP New York Finals in 2018, USA International Ballet Competition in 2018 and Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2017. We touched base with Elisabeth to have a chat about her accomplishments to date, motivation during this pandemic, advice for young dancers and her favourite Key Exercises from the Coach Me World platform. 

1.What do you believe is your biggest accomplishment in your career so far and how did you persevere to achieve it?

I believe the biggest accomplishment in my career so far was competing in the Moscow International Ballet Competition and winning the first prize. The process of preparing multiple variations for this competition for many hours a day was very rigorous and challenging, both physically and mentally. Adjusting to the raked stage once in Moscow, was also a big hurdle. However, both the training and the competition helped me become a stronger dancer!

2. How are you staying motivated during this pandemic?

I am staying motivated during this pandemic by focusing on the things I am thankful for and working on my weaknesses. I am using the pandemic time wisely by working on areas that I wouldn’t normally focus on, I think it is a great opportunity for us to adapt & fine tune the smaller areas of our technique so when we return to the studio we would have improved in those areas. I am so grateful to have a wonderful family and home. I’m also thankful my body is healthy so I can continue to dance at home and focus on fixing some of my weaknesses.

3. If you could go back in time and give your younger self some advice what would it be?

If I could go back and give my younger self some advice, I would suggest worrying less and enjoying more. When I was younger, whether I was practicing in the studio or performing onstage, I wanted to reach certain levels of perfection. Unfortunately, as dancers, we are always chasing perfection. I definitely needed a reminder to relax, enjoy the process, and realize that progress not perfection is what matters. Remember why you started dancing and don’t ever lose the love! 

 4. What are your goals for the future?

My goal for the future is to be a dancer with American Ballet Theatre and my dream is to be a principal. It is a great opportunity working and dancing with such amazing and talented dancers at ABT. I am constantly inspired, nurtured and motivated to work hard to achieve my goal of becoming a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

3. What does a regular day look like for you?

A regular day starts with breakfast and technique class. Then some pointe class and rehearsals for the rest of the day! Depending on the schedule, I may have some conditioning or pilates as well. Although, our schedule has changed quite a bit during the pandemic this year, we have still managed to train & work consistently despite the challenges- I am so grateful for this!

4. What is your favourite Key Exercise?

All the key exercises are amazing! I especially love the category for sickled feet and the turnout VMO muscle Key Exercises! The amazing thing about the Coach Me World platform is that you can select any category in classical ballet that you are wanting to improve, and can achieve instant results using Claudia’s amazing Key Exercises!

Go to our Instagram page to watch Elisabeth complete the ‘VMO Wall Activations’ Key Exercise located in the ‘Turnout’ category, to improve her turnout, hyper extension and overall leg strength.