Student Spotlight: Rowan

“Ballet makes my soul leap up.”

-Rowan (age 12)

Neglia Conservatory of Ballet Level 4/5 student

In the summer of 2015, a then 9-year-old Rowan participated in Neglia Ballet’s “CityDance: Boys Dance Too Free Workshop”. Even though the program had no cost (thanks to a generous benefactor) it came with a hefty commitment for Rowan and his family – driving 90 minutes EACH WAY to class for two weeks.

Luckily Rowan loved ballet immediately and his supportive parents made the 150-mile roundtrip journey to Buffalo each day from Allegany County.

The Boys Program ensures that all interested boys are able to train at Neglia without financial burden to their families. This is especially relevant for Rowan’s family who spends over $400 each month in gas money to Buffalo.

Instructor Mindaugas Bauzys with actual student. Photo Credit: Rebecca Lindamood

Rowan is now 12-years-old and has been taking classes year round at Neglia for the past three years. He comes to Neglia as often as four days each week – that’s 600 miles a week if you’re counting. In the summer he is here five days a week during Neglia’s internationally renowned Summer Intensive Program.

His mom Rebecca credits his love for ballet, his discipline and artistry with the introduction he received during the first summer workshop. Now Rowan is a seasoned performer having danced in three productions of The Nutcracker and two of Baba Yaga at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

When not dancing, Rowan, the youngest of five boys, can be found climbing a tree, playing with his pets, and playing guitar.

Rowan dreams of being a professional dancer when he grows up. He says the hard work of ballet makes him feel like he’s doing something important with his day.

Rowan recognized early on that ballet made him happy: “ballet makes my soul leap up!”

Here's Rowan performing Variation of Le Corsaire, June 2018

This kid is going part of his journey.

Your support can help children like Rowan pursue their ballet dreams.

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