Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet Ernesto!
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Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet Ernesto!

This is first spotlight in our series focusing on the dancers of Fort Wayne Ballet. Did you know that Fort Wayne Ballet attracts professional dancers from around the world? Meet Ernesto M. Lea Place from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a company member with Fort Wayne Ballet and faculty member at the Auer Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet. After hearing positive things about Fort Wayne Ballet from a friend, who was performing with the company, Lea Place decided that it was the right fit for him. He has been in Fort Wayne for about a year. Living Fort Wayne contacted Lea Place to get a feel for what moves him. Selected questions are below.   What are the most challenging aspects of performing ballet professionally? There are a lot of sacrifices and endless amounts of work. This profession asks a lot from you so if you are not willing to fulfill expectations, you won’t be able to do it. I love performing, being on stage, and communicating/connecting with the audiences. But in order to have that joy and comfort while performing and on stage, you have to accomplish the physical aspect [of ballet]. What are some of your hopes for the future? I hope I will keep growing as an artist and as a person. I do feel very grateful to be able to do what I love for a living. In the near future, I would like to attend a university. I am interested in psychology as my major. I was always really good at school, and I hope it’ll continue to be that way. I really enjoy working with children, and we do a lot here at the Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet. What artistic performance have you been the most proud of in your career as a dancer? As a child I did a lot of acting and theatre. It wasn’t until later in life that I entered the dance world. With some roles, you [have] more character development than others. Having the opportunity to play Romeo in Romeo & Juliet was probably the most fun I had on stage. There was such a high demand, as an actor, a technician, and an artist that I felt nervous about doing a good job. In the end, I believe I did the best I could do at the time, and, who knows, I might have a chance to [do it again] and see how it comes out then! What will you be doing to prepare for Fort Wayne Ballet’s At the Edge performance on September 26 and 28? I am currently resting. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot sacrifices and...

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