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My name is Christina. I am 15 years old and live in Stockholm, Sweden. I am currently dancing and studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, which I have been doing since I was 10. Dancing for me means a lot, it's a very big passion, especially ballet. But dancing is not the only thing I love to do, I also love to cook and bake!
Left photo: Johanes Hjorth
Right Photo: Amber Hunt
Madison Keesler is a professional ballet dancer who has been performing around the world since age 17. Already in her career she has worked with some of the industry's most renowned directors and choreographers, including John Neumeier, Helgi Tomasson, Akram Khan, Christopher Wheeldon, and Tamara Rojo. She has done extensive international touring, dancing on many famous stages from The Palais Garnier in Paris, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to the main stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK. In Dance Magazine’s words, “[Onstage] Keesler stands out for a sensitivity and expressiveness in her dancing, for ports de bras that seem to unfurl endlessly, for her fluid transitions, and that piercing focus that connects her with her partners as well as the audience.”
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From small town Yountville in Northern California, Emma began her ballet training at the age of 3 with The Napa Valley Ballet. After training in San Francisco for two and a half years she moved to New York City in 2015 to train at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program. There she trained with her current teacher Erin Forrest. She currently resides in Washington DC where she trains with her mentor Erin Forrest at The Kirov Academy of Ballet. Emma is a devout vegan. She loves Bakytgul's message that each ballet dancer is unique and has their own special purpose.
My name is Gillian and I am 14 years old. I have been dancing for 10 years and love it with all my heart. My dream is to one day become a professional ballerina. I am a dancer at BalletMet dance academy. Along with ballet and pointe classes, I also take modern, jazz, tap, and character. In 2014 and 2015 I was so honored to perform as "Young Clara" in The Nutcracker. As well as the "White Cat," in our 2016 production of the "Sleeping Beauty." I am so excited to represent this amazing brand!
Jeanette Kakareka is a professional ballet dancer with the English National Ballet in London, UK. She grew up in Pennsylvania, USA and danced in San Francisco Ballet School's trainee program for two years, already performing corps de ballet roles with SFB. She is now on her fourth season with ENB and has started a blog talking about her DIY projects, travels, and work.