From Lisbon to the Nationwide Academy of Rome. Francesca Drei from Ravenna: “I’ll hold dancing, near my household”

We left her three years ago, still 15 years old, ready to live a new great adventure: the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon. Ravenna Francesca ThreeAfter a rigorous choice, she was admitted to one of the vital prestigious classical dance institutes in Portugal. right this moment, 18, again to Italy with a diplomahowever with one other dream coming true: admission to the Nationwide Dance Academy of Rome, the place he’ll graduate.

Francesca returns to Italy after three years on the Lisbon Conservatory. Inform us about your expertise

“Sure, I return to Italy with a diploma from the Nationwide Conservatory, however above all with a life expertise that made me develop artistically, intellectually and personally and that may stay in my coronary heart ceaselessly. Throughout these years I used to be lucky to search out my method in a world atmosphere, with academics from completely different international locations around the globe and I realized and spoke Portuguese immediately. I will not conceal from you that even right this moment I nonetheless assume in Portuguese and use phrases that do not exist in Italian.

You left your homeland very younger, how was it to stay alone in another country?

“Sure, I’ve arrived in Lisbon at solely 15 years outdated e It wasn’t straightforward being away from my household, to which I’m very connected, despite the fact that I heard from my mother and father day by day. There was no scarcity of difficulties, beginning with on a regular basis life. For instance, doing easy administrative duties like speaking to the subway attendant to get me to enroll in free transportation as a scholar, get a college canteen card, journey an Uber (taxi , which you’ll be able to ebook instantly with an app out of your cell phone and prices much less). I did not know the language, I had left all my pals in Italy. I principally began from scratch, however dwelling in a giant and delightful metropolis like Lisbon helped me lots. It provides many development alternatives, it’s a world metropolis and open to many younger individuals like me who go there to review and pursue their passions. After all, having my household shut by would have been an enormous plus, particularly throughout the two-year pandemic. In 2020, for instance, I used to be unable to return to Italy over the Christmas holidays, as they canceled my flight on the final minute. It wasn’t nice, additionally as a result of I actually wished to return again after being away for months. I spent the vacations alone within the boarding faculty. Happily, my mother and father had been all the time near me. They supported, supported and validated me. We additionally spoke a number of occasions a day with cellphone calls and video calls.

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Benefits and difficulties of dwelling overseas in comparison with Italy?

“I’ve many reminiscences of Lisbon, some good, some not a lot. In my coronary heart are the feelings of the audition and the primary day within the conservatory. The primary conversations in Portuguese and the laughter of my companions at my “blunders”. Then Portugal is a pleasant place to stay: the local weather is nice with a light winter. Lisbon is a really secure metropolis, I by no means felt in peril. Many scholar faculty providers are nearly free, like the varsity canteen, which prices little or no, the books are given to the colleges and given to the scholars freed from cost the next yr. The subway can be free for college students. In Italy individuals are definitely extra expansive and the meals is best!”

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Now a brand new chapter in your life begins: the Nationwide Dance Academy, which you’ll attend in Rome. Are you content to return to Italy? the place will you reside

“I’m very pleased about this new milestone and to be again in my nation. Life away from residence was very exhausting, so this can be a nice alternative! I will probably be nearer to household and can be capable to proceed learning at one of the vital prestigious institutes in my area. I selected the Nationwide Dance Academy as a result of it’s the solely increased creative coaching institute within the area of dance in Italy. With this path I hope to enhance my creative preparation, particularly in a culturally very energetic metropolis like Rome. I’ll share a flat with different Academy dancers I met throughout the choice course of for the ultimate audition.”

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What are your subsequent objectives?

“I simply turned 18 and right this moment I am telling you that I intend to proceed dancing, learning and dwelling like every woman my age!”

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What would you suggest to a teenager projected down the identical path?

“The Lisbon expertise gave me lots in each method, nevertheless it took plenty of sacrifice and dedication. If I needed to give recommendation to a colleague of mine, he would I’d say give it some thought for a very long time particularly to know how robust his ardour is.”

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What does a typical day seem like for a dancer? For instance, are the exercises very lengthy?

“Again then, the alarm clock on the boarding faculty was 6:30 a.m. day by day. After breakfast I took the subway to Barrio Alto, the place the Conservatory is situated. Faculty topics alternated with dance courses within the mornings and afternoons, with a really quick lunch break. They ask me if the exercises are lengthy… Nicely, at the least 4 to 5 classes day by day, typically till 8 p.m. Many sacrifices need to be made and bodily issues may also happen on account of accidents. For instance, this yr I had tendonitis and it was not straightforward to deal with the courses and to stay with the strain from the professors.”

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A army battle has been raging for months. In Ukraine, did you occur to fulfill and evaluate your self with international colleagues who may stay in these areas?

“In our boarding faculty we noticed first hand the desperation of a woman, a cleansing girl, who has her complete household in Kyiv. The conservatory acted instantly, taking in a number of Ukrainian dancers, offering lodging and giving them the chance to proceed their research. I feel it is important finish the warfare as quickly as doable and provides again to Ukraine the chance to stay intact, in peace and free”.

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