Ballerina Nicole Zadra Chases Dance Dreams

Ballerina Nicole Zadra Chases Dance Dreams

After being invited to train at prestigious balletacademy in Russia, the young dancer raises money with a little help from a famous stranger

by Natelegé Whaley, September 27, 2012

Ballerina Nicole Zadra Chases Dance Dreams

Nicole Zandra

Photo courtesy of Erin Baiano/Manhattan Youth Ballet.


Nicole was accepted into the University of Hartford’s Hartt School but decided going to college for dance wasn’t the best choice for her. After receiving this invitation, she’s even more certain that her purpose is in the world of ballet and is eager to take on the challenge of changing the face of it.

“I want to become a professional ballerina, so I want to get into some big major companies, but I know it's going to be hard; companies like American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet or even the Bolshoi,” said Nicole.

Even though she understands the odds against her, she remains determined.

“It's going to be hard for the Bolshoi because it's Russian and you don't see a lot of minorities -- you don't see any minorities in a Russian ballet and I wish to change that, but it's going to be hard and I have to work hard,” said Zadra.

To donate, visit Nicole Zadra’s Go Fund Me page.

Natelegé Whaley is an emerging writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has penned many artist profiles in the world of hip-hop and R&B, but her favorite stories come from everyday people. She also curates perspectives from young adults on relationships, life, and culture. Connect @NateIege.

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