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Heart of an Artist “One of the things I love most about dancing is not


just the destination, but the journey,” Ramsey said. “To focus, to absorb, to learn, then to get to go on stage and show what you learned is indescribable.” Julia Dubno, director of Ballet Academy East (BAE) in


New York City, said every dancer develops a unique work ethic and passion for what they do, and they develop this meticulous quality from their training. Ramsey trains on average 30-45 intensive hours per week at the academy. “Julianne works hard, is very dedicated and is very


sweet and supportive of her friends,” Dubno said. “We nurture that here and try to create a family; Julianne naturally has that quality.” Ramsey said passion for the artistry brings all the dancers together in a sense of community. Training in New York is a thrill for her, and in the BAE’s positive environment of reciprocate dancers she learns even more. “I think it’s a combination of knowing ballet is so universal,” Ramsey said. “Everyone has something different to offer, and the context is so similar that when among other dancers you may find a home wherever you go.” The program is designed to bring the dancers to


the point where they are ready to audition for pro- fessional companies, which is usually around age 18. To meet this goal, Dubno said the dancers must commit early and make sacrifi ces of the typical childhood experience. Like many dancers at BAE, Ramsey doesn’t feel


like she has missed anything, because she is pursu- ing what she loves to do. “Dancing gives me an energy, a purpose, that I might not have otherwise,” Ramsey said. However, Ramsey said her biggest sacrifi ce is not being


with her family as much as she would like. On the other hand, she said the experience continually reminds her how fortunate she is to have their encouragement and support. “We’re very fortunate in that we still function as a fam-


ily,” Rod Ramsey, Julianne’s father, said. “We miss her, but we couldn’t be prouder of her just to be this age and to be this focused and dedicated.” Dubno advises students at her academy that dancer’s careers can be very short. She said people may remember a particularly brilliant performance of a career, but they will most likely remember what kind of person the dancer grew to be throughout their time on the stage. Julianne Ramsey will have a lifetime of memorable per- formances ahead of her, and judging by her giving nature to her coworkers and deep respect for her craft, she is set to represent Oklahoma well.


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9 years training 30 hours per week 4 year-round schools 6 summer training schools 16 production performances


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