Student Spotlight |

Student Spotlight

Izzi Rojo
Jessica Cabe / Post Independent |

Izzi Rojo is a triple-threat: She sings, acts and dances, and she loves any kind of performance.

The 14-year-old Cornerstone Classical School student recently appeared in her school’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” and Stage of Life Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and next weekend she’ll have a solo dance in Bonedale Ballet’s Spring Dance Performance, which takes place at 7 p.m. on May 1 and 2 at Carbondale Middle School.

Rojo said she’s still a bit short to be a professional ballerina, but she knows performing will always be in her life one way or another.

Post Independent: When did you start dancing?

Izzi Rojo: Almost three years ago. I had always watched ballerinas, and it was just super inspiring for me. I actually thought I was not going to like it, but I started it, and it’s just been one of my passions. It’s a really good way to get out your emotions and express yourself, so I really enjoy it a lot.

PI: What kinds of classes are you taking now with Bonedale Ballet?

IR: Now I’m taking ballet and tap. Ballet is more on you — it teaches you self-discipline for sure. They can tell you a million times to point your feet, but it’s up to you if you’re really going to do it or not. And tap is more fun and musical. I’m also in musical theater a lot, so I love tap, too.

PI: What are some of the theater productions you’ve been in recently?

IR: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Sleeping Beauty.” “Sleeping Beauty” was put on by my school, Cornerstone Classical School. It’s pretty cool because everyone in my school pretty much loves theater. I played Maleficent, who’s the villain. That was only my second time playing the villain, and it was really fun. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was put on by SoL [Stage of Life] Theatre. I played Hermia, who is one of the lead girls.

PI: Can you tell me about the dances you’ll be doing at Bonedale Ballet’s spring show?

IR: I’m doing a Spanish solo from Don Quixote, which is a ballet. I’m doing the Kitri Variation. It’s Spanish and fun.

PI: What is your favorite thing about performing?

IR: My favorite thing about performing is getting to cultivate my talents personally and practice them for however long — months — and then go out and show people what I can do and just saying, ‘Here’s me. This is what I can do.’ It always gets a positive reaction.

PI: Do you see yourself doing something in art as a career, or will it stay a hobby?

IR: I definitely would love to pursue it in the future. Ballerinas are normally tall, and I’m pretty short. But I’m also a singer and actress, so one of them I’m sure I will pursue. I love it all.

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