In a rare solo interview, Clara of Pod de Deux talked to Clara Cantor, thirteen year-old student at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and PDD’s youngest interviewee yet! (The interview took place at the New York apartment where Clara lives with her family, so you’ll hear some city background noise.) At a crossroads in her life, Clara spoke candidly of the decision she has to make between academics and pursuing ballet full-time. She also discussed how she currently balances school and dance, as well as her experience performing with the New York City Ballet as an SAB student.
Clara Cantor has been dancing since shortly after she learned how to walk. When she was six years old, Clara was accepted to the School of American Ballet and has been an after-school student there ever since. Now in her 8th year, she has always loved her training and has dedicated much of her early childhood to learning the techniques and the physical and emotional skills required of a dancer. She has appeared in numerous NYCB productions at Lincoln Center, including Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Harlequinade and multiple roles in The Nutcracker. SAB’s teachers have instilled in Clara a profound sense of self-confidence, poise, teamwork and a positive body image.