Perspective: Mentorship Interview with Mentee, Ximena de León

Name: Ximena de León
Age: 12

Where are you from? I am proudly from Guatemala
De donde eres? Soy orgullosamente de Guatemala

Where do you live? I live in Sololá. (In the volcano range of Guatemala)

¿Donde vives? vivo en Sololá, Guatemala. (En un área de la cadena de volcanes.)


Mentor: The kind and talented Sasha de Sola.

¿Quien es tu mentor? La amable y talentosa Sasha de Sola.

What made you want to be part of the PointePeople Mentorship program?
I did not know PointePeople existed. I found out about their mentoring program through my ballet teacher, and I decided to apply because it would be a good opportunity to improve on everything that has to do with ballet.

I sincerely wanted to be part of the program to see and learn from professional dancers. I was very excited to know that I could participate, and from day one, I thought about and waited for the moment when the mentors announced the winners!

¿Que te hizo querer ser parte de este programa?
Yo no conocía a PointePeople, pero por parte de mi maestra de ballet me entere de su programa de mentores y decidí participar por que sería una buena oportunidad para mejorar en todo lo que tiene que ver con ballet.

Sinceramente yo quería ser parte del programa para ver y aprender de bailarinas profesionales, me ilusione mucho al saber que podía participar y desde el primer día pensaba en el momento en que los mentores eligieran a los ganadores.

Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet
Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet


Why did you want to work with your particular mentor?
I wanted to work with Sasha because I looked her up online and then discovered a video of her reading her book based on her life. It is so inspiring to see how she, after injuring her foot, did not let that stop her from continuing to dance.

Seeing this motivates me because you can see in plain sight the
love that Sasha has for ballet, and that is why I wanted to work with her and learn about her love for ballet to one day become like her.

¿Por que querías trabajar con tu mentor particular?
Yo quería trabajar con Sasha por que al investigar sobre ella y descubrir a través de un video donde ella esta leyendo su libro basado en su vida es tan inspirador ver como ella luego de lesionarse el pie no dejo que eso impidiera que ella siguiera bailando.

Eso me motiva porque a plena vista se puede ver el amor que Sasha tiene por el ballet y por eso yo quería trabajar con ella y aprender de su amor por el ballet para algún día llegar a ser como ella.

 

What is your favorite part of the program, so far? 
My favorite parts of the program are the coffee chats with my mentor. Through the coffee chats, I gain knowledge and experience that help me grow as a person and my desire to continue in ballet. But I can't not mention the master classes, because I also love to do classes with all my friends from PointePeople, see the talent they have, and also learn a little about them.

¿Cuál es tu parte favorita del programa hasta ahora?
Mi parte favorita del programa son los coffee chats con mi mentora ya que a través de ellos recibo conocimientos y experiencia que alimentan mi ser y mi deseo de continuar en el ballet. Pero tampoco puedo dejar a un lado las clases magistrales porque también me encanta hacer clases con todos mi amigos de Pointe People y ver el talento que tienen y también aprender un poco sobre ellos.

Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet
Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet


Is there anything unexpected that you have learned or experienced through the program?
Yes. I did not imagine being able to participate in master classes. Above all,
through them, I was able to meet all the mentees. It has been magical because I have been able to experience friendships at a distance.

¿Hay algo inesperado que haya aprendido o experimentado a través del programa?
Si, por que yo no imagine lo de las clases magistrales y sobre todo que a través de eso iba conocer a todos los mentees y ha sido mágico porque he podido experimentar amistades a distancia.


What is the best advice you have ever received from your mentor?
The best advice I have received from Sasha is to never stop dreaming big and always believe in myself. Everything she shares with me always carries a message that encourages my desire to move on.

¿El mejor consejo que ha recibido de su mentor?
El mejor consejo que he recibido de Sasha es: jamás deje de soñar en alto en grande y que siempre crea en mí. Todo lo que ella comparte conmigo siempre lleva un mensaje que anima mi deseo de seguir adelante.

Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet
Ximena de León © Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez of Transformación Ballet


What would you say to someone who is considering applying to be a future mentee?
If it is your dream, never stop dreaming big because dreams come true. Also,
believe that you can succeed and win because everything in life is winning, when it comes from the hand of God.

¿Qué le dirías a alguien que esté considerando postularse para ser un aprendiz en el futuro?
Si es su sueño que jamás deje de soñar en grande por que los sueños se cumplen. También, que le apueste a ganar por que todo en la vida siempre será ganancia tomado de la mano de Dios.


How this mentorship program helping you grow as an artist and dancer?
As Sasha de Sola's mentee, I have improved a lot, from my technique to my balance to the way I see, feel, and love ballet!

¿Cómo te está ayudando este programa a crecer como artista y bailarín?
¡Desde que soy 
aprendiz de Sasha de Sola he mejorado mucho desde mi técnica hasta mi equilibrio además de la forma de ver, sentir y amar el ballet!

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2 comments

  • Muchas gracias Pointepeople. Gracias Sasha de Sola. Por todo lo compartido. Deseamos continuar con todo este aprendizaje y motivación. Hasta siempre. Dios los bendiga.

    Karla Celada Quezada
  • For almost a year of living under the pandemic caused by the Corona Virus. It is encouraging to see that there are people like Sasha de Sola and companies like Pointe People who care about stimulating the lives and talents of so many children around the world.
    My best wishes to all the Ballet students, so I encourage you to make the most of all the support and teaching.
    Especially to Ximena de León from Sololá Guatemala. Follow your dreams, remember that the key to success is studying, working and being who you are. Never change.
    Thanks to all for the big support to my niece Ximenita.

    Edwin M. Quezada B.

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