Ballerina in the Limelight: Alyssa Leger
11/15/2017 8:25:16 AM

Twenty-four year old ballerina, Alyssa Leger, is a senior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying Exercise Science. She skillfully executes turns as well as tests, being that she’s on track to graduate from the university in December 2017 with a 4.0 GPA.

An ambitious and promising talent in high school, Leger left in her junior year to train in Miami during her senior year. Proceeding onward and upward, the dancer joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a professional division student from 2011-2012. The following year she signed as a contracted dancer with Boston Ballet. In 2014, Leger signed her first of four consecutive yearly contracts to dance for Lafayette Ballet Theatre. Overall, Leger has been dancing with LBT for 15 years.

A dedicated student and dancer, she has learned to be driven and balanced in the areas of her life that she is passionate about. When asked what she’d tell her 11-year-old self, she says, " matter how hard you train for ballet, to not forget to enjoy each moment and try to have a balance in life, because in the end, that is what matters the most, to work hard, enjoy the little moments, and have balance between work and life.”

For her, one of those little life moments that became a magical memory she continues to enjoy was her 2016 performance as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. In her initial entrance to the stage, she emerged in a cloak, but with the flash of a pyro, her cloak disappeared to reveal her tutu.

"The entire audience gasped with surprise,” Leger said.

She is a dedicated dancer who believes in a routine of self-care. Before every performance, she nourishes her body with the "oh-so-yummy” blueberry quinoa granola bowl Another Broken Egg has served in years past. She also arrives early to rehearsals every Saturday and Sunday during the ballet season to soothe her nerves and muscles. She plugs in her headphones listening to her favorite tunes and uses a foam roller to loosen any tight muscles she may have.

Through dance, Leger has grown into a confident, determined and incredibly hard-working individual. The lessons she’s learned through being a dancer have translated into every aspect of her endeavors. Leger recounts about the pursuit of her goals, " matter how difficult it is, to keep working until you have reached where you want to be, and have perfected what you want, if it be a step in ballet, or the steps in the citric acid cycle!”

When all is accomplished, her days off typically include a manicure and pedicure, shopping with her mom and viewing a late night screening of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

Dance has been more than a hobby for Leger. She has dedicated years to her craft.

"Training and performing as a ballet dancer has helped me to be the outgoing, self-confident person I am today,” she said.

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