I am 15 years old and have been dancing since I was 5. When I was 7, I started studying exclusively ballet until just a few years ago when I added contemporary classes to my dance studies. I have been a student of Master Ballet Academy in Phoenix, AZ since it opened in 2007. The owners, my main teachers and mentors, Slawomir and Irena Wozniak, are a huge part of my life. They helped shape me into the dancer and person I am today. At their suggestion and under their guidance I started competing when I was 11, and I won first place in the YAGP San Diego semifinals. I like competing because it allows me to visit different places and meet lots of amazing dancers. I have competed internationally in Germany, China, Romania, in addition to San Diego, Los Angeles, Orlando and New York City. I cannot imagine my life without ballet. I plan on joining a company and hope to get soloist roles, and eventually even become a principal dancer.