Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Lorenzo Carriero.
How old are you and where do you train?
I’m 15 years old and I was born in Pisa, Italy where I trained at a local dance school until I was 10 then moved to Rome to study at the National Ballet Academy for a year. I’m now studying at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam.
When did you start ballet, what is the story?
I’ve always been a kid that never stopped moving. I started with gymnastics, but when I saw ballet dancers on tv I told my mom I wanted to be like them and she took me to ballet classes and I fell in love with it from that very first class.
Were you the only boy in your class?
I feel really lucky because when I started dancing I wasn’t the only boy in class but it did happen to me, especially in workshops, to be the only boy in class. Initially I would feel out of place (the combinations were mainly made for girls) but now I don’t really mind it!
Were you ever picked on at school for dancing? If so, how did you overcome it?
When I was younger I was definitely picked on because I did ballet. Fortunately, my family and my friends always supported me and the teachers were always there to defend me if needed. No one shoul feel wrong because of what their hobbies or passions are and I never let anyone put me down because I was doing something they didn’t understand.
When did you decide you wanted to be a professional dancer?
I have been dreaming about being a professional dancer since the very beginning of my journey, but I started to take ballet seriously when I was 10 (in Rome). After returning home from the year of training in Rome I struggled to find the motivation to keep dancing.
That year was one of the best opportunities I ever had, even though I missed my Mom and my brother and the teachers at the school were really strict! I was finally able to do what I wanted all day long.
The decision to leave Rome and the school after only one year wasn' t mine. My Dad had done everything for me but he could not longer work there and I was not feeling ready to live by myself at such a young age. Initially I was not so sad to leave Rome, but after a while being back at home in Pisa, I felt like I may have missed the opportunity to become a dancer and live my dream (if only I knew what was coming!).
Taking a short break is what helped me find the answers and the motivation I lost.
What do you love about ballet?
Telling stories and showing emotions without speaking is what I really love about dancing. I’m quite shy and so I’ve never been as comfortable speaking, and I think that’s why I felt at home dancing, right from that very first moment.
What is your proudest (dancing) moment to date?
The proudest moment to date is probably when I got into the Dutch National Ballet Academy along with the acceptance at the Balletschule Theatre Basel and the National Ballet School in Lisbon. I can’t wait to see what the future is holding for me!
What is your dance dream?
My dance dream is to work in a ballet company; there are so many I would be honoured to join - The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet or Stuttgart Ballet. The productions and the repertoire are great and dancing on stage as a member of one of these companies would be an honour and a dream come true.
After that I have quite big plans: I would really like to become a choreographer or director of a school or company, create my own ballet productions and open a fundraising company to help the new generations of dancers.
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her that inspires you?
My favourite male dancer is David Hallberg. He’s a principal dancer with ABT, resident guest artist at The Australian Ballet and formerly a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. He’s full of knowledge and when you watch him dance you feel that everything is under control and it’s going to be fine.
I hope I’ll be able to make my audience feel the same.
What are your goals for this year?
To open my horizons and work, work and work!
What do you love to do outside of dance?
I love going to the museums, spending time with my friends and trying new recipes with them.
“Do what you love and love what you do”
Do you have a secret talent?!?
Unfortunately, no ! Haha!!
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Two pieces of advice that have stayed with me are;
“You are not here to disappoint yourself.”
“Never feel second to anyone”
Thank you Lorenzo, we look forward to supporting and following your dance journey