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“Virginia School of the Arts was a challenging environment for a high school kid,” she says. There were some days where we went to school all morning and then it was ballet class and rehearsals for shows from 1:00 until 9:00.  That’s how my last two years of high school went.”

She says that during her senior year, her folks were starting to press her to think of a college curriculum like medicine. (Her dad is a renowned pediatric cardiologist.)”

“I was accepted at the University of Utah, but with my family connections they were willing to let me defer going for a year,” Rebecca says.

By then she was accepted as an apprentice with the Charleston Ballet Theatre in South Carolina and it was clear ballet was going to be her career.

“My parents are wonderful—they were so supportive of me and my career choice.”

“One thing about Charleston Ballet Theatre – they were strict about not letting us go to auditions for other companies. So I just had to send out videos.”

As luck would have it, Ballet Austin saw Rebecca’s audition tape, invited her to come to the summer intensive, and she was asked to stay as a trainee in 2003. The next year, she was in Ballet Austin II and two years after that, she made the professional company.

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