SCOTTSDALE (3TV/CBS 5) − She’s not even 16, but Genevieve Carlson is already one of the most talented ballerinas in the country and she trains right here in the Valley.
Three years ago, the high school student and her family moved from Seattle so she could attend Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale.
“There are a lot more ballet students than job openings each year, so you have to be very competitive to be successful. I try to stand out by maintaining multiple social media accounts that allow me to communicate with my future audience,” Genevieve said.
Dancing 8 hours a day is the norm for Genevieve while juggling school, traveling and family.
She already qualified for the Grand Prix, a national championship, in January, the ADC International Ballet Competition in March and World Finals in April. She also won full scholarships to Pacific Northwest Ballet, Steps On Broadway, Ballet West and Bolshoi.
While she spends upwards of 40 hours a week dancing, Genevieve also makes time to volunteer!
“I also network within my local community. I volunteer at Foothills Animal Rescue in Scottsdale. It relaxes me to work with the animals. When I perform my coworkers come and support me on stage. It is a win-win,” Genevieve said.
The talented teen is one of the stars of Phoenix Ballet’s The Nutcracker! You can catch her on stage at the Orpheum Theatre from December 14 to 16 and December 20 to 23.