En Pointe

Emotions spin as senior performs in her last dance

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Bianca Cordero-Bizarreta was overcome with emotion as she looked around at the circle of principal dancers who swarmed around her. As they did their final piques and sautés, she reflected on the past eight years she had spent growing up with these girls.

“This year has been bittersweet that it is the final year I will be able to dance with these people and my company that I have been a part of for so long,” Bianca said.

Her final performance with the Plano Metropolitan Ballet was an original rendition of Frozen, in which she played the parts of the reindeer and the duchess during Elsa’s coronation.Isabella Solo Ballet

“I liked the beginning of the ballet the most because I was the first one on stage and it was exciting to start the ballet and be the first dancer to see the audience,” Bianca said.

Before, during, and after every dance Bianca has a loose system of preparation for all her performances.

“Before each dance I quickly run through it in the wings just so I’m prepared when the real thing happens. During I’m basically on autopilot and I’m relying on my muscle memory. After I usually just relax and rehydrate before my next dance,” Bianca said.

Bianca has been a ballet dancer since she was seven years old.

“I started dancing because all my friends started doing ballet when I was younger, and my parents would involve me in a lot of activities to help me find a passion,” Bianca said. “I decided to continue because of the studio: it’s like a big family and it’s not like a competition because we’re always trying to help each other and I like getting in character.”

She practices about nine hours a week: every Wednesday for two hours, and every Saturday for seven hours.

“The most challenging thing about dance in general is staying in character,” Bianca said. “You’ll be so tired out but you’ll have 4-5 dances left, and you always have to stay in character and you can’t show you’re tired to the audience.”

Bianca’s dance coach at Plano Metropolitan Ballet is Cindi Lawrence.

“I have seen her dance some beautiful traditional, classical ballet variations. And I have also seen her dance some humorous character parts,” Cindi said.

Bianca now dances at the top level in the Plano Metropolitan Ballet, Level 8.

“Bianca is dedicated to dance, she works to improve her technique at each class,” Cindi said. “She has worked consistently to get to this polished skill level.”

Chloe Murphy, who also dances at the Plano Metropolitan Ballet, has known Bianca for over 8 years.

“Bianca has a pretty great stage presence. She’s really good at portraying various characters facial expressions and the choreography,” Chloe said. “I think she’s pretty focused and hardworking in ballet class, but knows how to have fun with it too.”

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Through their time spent together, Chloe has gotten to understand Bianca well as a person and as a dancer.

Chloe described her as a beautiful dancer whose technique can be “graceful, sharp, edgy, funny, mysterious,” and more.

“Also, she has an enticing personality that shows through her dancing no matter the choreography,” Chloe said. “Bianca is one of the most fun people I’ve danced with. We’ve been in so many performances together and it’s so fun on and off stage to be around her. I’m honestly so grateful I’ve gotten to meet Isabella through dance classes.”

Bianca believes the key to mastering any form of dance is through preparation and perseverance.

“Don’t go in thinking that you’re going to get everything quickly, it takes years and years of practice,” Bianca said. “Remember to focus on yourself rather than others, and choose to dance because you enjoy it.”

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