Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Yevoli.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brittany. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been training in ballet every since I was a young girl. My life had always been split in two between intense ballet training and my school’s academic rigor. Senior year of high school, I applied to college with the intention of going… but I also had always dreamed of being a professional ballet dancer. I decided to defer college to continue my training at my ballet studio in Washington D.C. The spring of 2018, I went to NYC every weekend to do open auditions for ballet companies. I then got hired to join American Contemporary Ballet in Downtown Los Angeles. Within a few weeks, I packed three suitcases and moved all the way across the country and never looked back.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My path was definitely not smooth. The life of a professional dancer is very difficult and uncertain so when I was younger, dancing was always my dream but I was always a little afraid that it would not work out. I had people tell me I was not talented enough. People told me I was crazy to not go to college right out of high school and that it was not a smart decision. I was very lucky to have a mentor to encourage me to follow my dreams. When I was deciding which college to go to, I could not see myself at any of them. I knew I would be unhappy without my intense ballet schedule and artistic outlet. my advice would be that you have to follow your dreams no matter what. My friends told me I was crazy. But that was because they did not understand. I needed to do something different. It was lonely the first year out of high school when all my friends moved away and were making new friends and experiences while I continued to live at home. I was afraid I was “missing out.”
But I realized I was not, I was just having different experiences. I set my mind to something and put my all into it. If you are going to do something, then put everything into it because then you know you did your best, even if it does not turn out the way you planned. You cannot plan out every detail of the future so focus on the present and what your soul is driving you towards. What makes you happy? If you could do any one thing for the rest of your life without having to worry about success/money, what would that be? Now, what do you need to do to get there? Life is short and we only get one chance at it. So, have a happy life. Be fearless. And do what you enjoy. If you are happy then success will follow. Before every performance, I go through the choreography and imagine how I will do everything the way I want it to go technically and artistically. I envision what I want. Wake up every day envisioning what you want. And also be grateful for what you already have. There are always things we can complain about. But there are also always things we can be grateful for. Even just you sitting here having the time and ability to read this article is a special gift. Follow your intuition and drive. If people tell you that you can’t, then let that motivate you to prove them wrong. Whether it takes 5 minutes or 50 years, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a professional ballet dancer with the American Contemporary Ballet. We perform classical ballet in contemporary settings in Downtown Los Angeles. The mission of the company is “to produce and present choreographic works of the highest quality which exemplify dance as a musical art form.” We always perform with a live orchestra. Unlike most ballet companies that perform in a large theater, we perform in a more intimate setting with the audience set close to and at stage level. There is a reception after every performance where the audience can speak with the dancers and musicians. We hope to bring ballet to all audiences. We perform works of George Balanchine, Fred Astaire, and our artistic director, Lincoln Jones. We have interactive performances with actors and actresses and are very different than most traditional ballet companies. For example, we serve delicious treats during our performance of the Nutcracker in the Land of the Sweets. We have dancers or roller blades, and much more!
It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I honestly don’t use any one thing in particular. I enjoy listening to podcasts on anything from random scientific facts to interviews of famous figures. I enjoy using Instagram to follow some of the people who train dancers at New York City Ballet to get good workout ideas and inspiration on dancing and yummy recipes.
- Website: https://www.acbdances.com/
- Instagram: @britt_yev25