A young Clinton ballerina will soon find herself in one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the United States.
Nine-year-old Ellery George, daughter of Erin and Jason George, has recently been selected to participate in a “Summer Intensive” at the Joffrey Ballet Company in Chicago, featuring some of the most touted 9-through-12-year-old dancers from around the country.
Auditioning in Chicago in January with nearly 120 girls in her age group, Ellery and her family recently found out that she has been selected to hone her skills with the best of the best, beginning in August.
Sixty girls from around the country were chosen to participate.
The Chicago audition location was just one of six to take place in America leading up to the summer intensive. Being only 9 years old and in fourth grade, nerves could have stricken Ellery before her audition for the summer intensive. That wasn’t the case, though.
“I was a little bit nervous, but not really,” Ellery said. “My favorite part about doing ballet is being able to try new things all the time.”
Beginning her dance career when she was just 3 years old, Ellery has been practicing with Linda Luckstead at the Carousel School of Dance for approximately four years, according to Ellery’s mother Erin.
Ellery began at Carousel when her potential with ballet was recognized.
“Ellery came (to the Carousel School of Dance) here once we realized that she was really into ballet, and we wanted her to have traditional ballet lessons,” Erin George said. “She’s really excited, and we’re really excited for her.”
For two weeks in August, Ellery will be at the Joffrey, which is described as “America’s premiere ballet company” on the company’s website. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, she’ll be able to do what she’s looking forward to the most.
“I think I’m most excited to trying new things and having new experiences when I’m there,” Ellery said.