Today we’d like to introduce you to Clarissa Lambert.
Clarissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a small mountain town in Washington State and far as I can know I have always been a performer. I started with gymnastics and acting which led me to my passion for dance. When I was 15 years old my dance teacher could not train me anymore and I moved to Seattle all by myself to train in a professional ballet school. From there I had countless performing and traveling opportunities. I lived in NYC for two summers to train with the Bolshoi Ballet and went to St. Petersburg, Russia to be part of the Dance Open Festival.
From there I received excellent training from the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Ballet Austin in Austin, TX and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara. While I enjoyed every part of my extensive ballet life I also came to a point where I realized I was not happy and I was not going to be able to sustain a career for the next 10 years in the ballet world. I would visit my older brother in LA often while I lived in Santa Barbara and I realized that Los Angeles was the place for me to finally “settle” down. I do not regret one choice of mine in any of my ballet training, I am so thankful for my parents who supported me in my every long-distance move and appreciate all the ballet teachers that helped shape me into the person I am today.
Has it been a smooth road?
There was definite struggles along the way that I learned how to push through but moving to a new city every single year for four different years definitely became exhausting. As soon as I would start to make great friends I would get a better ballet opportunity and would have to move again. One of my darling parents would always come to where ever I was and help me lug all my stuff to the next city. It was an absolutely crazy time of life but I would never change any part of it.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Now living in Los Angeles I am focused on a fitness career and love the healthy/fit lifestyle. It has let me still take my passion of dancing and use it in a different form. Currently, I have had the wonderful opportunity to begin teaching in Redondo beach to some wonderful kids. Being able to share my love and knowledge of ballet ha been amazing and I love that I am a small part of the ballet world again.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely La is the best place for me at this moment. I believe I still have many amazing opportunities ahead of me and I am sure there are many ways I can grow as a person and in my career. LA is not an easy place to live so I would warn whoever wanted to live here that it is not easy, but I do believe anyone can flourish, it just takes lots of courages, good friends, and perseverance.
- Address: 10425 tabor st #101 Los angeles ca
- Phone: 5096300842
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