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Meet Annie Wright!

Meet Annie! She is a Professional Ballerina and Barre Instructor here at YoBa Studio. 

Hello everyone! My name is Anne Wright, but everyone calls me Annie. I’m a professional ballerina with the Carolina Ballet, in the corps de ballet. I’m also so excited to be a member of the Yoba team as a Barre instructor! I’m so honored to work alongside such amazing teachers that inspire me everyday. 

Here's a little bit more about my background: 

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and I started ballet when I was five years old. Even from that young age, I knew that I wanted to be a ballerina. After my freshman year of high school, I wanted to take my ballet training to the next level, so I started online home-schooling and attended Miami City Ballet’s full-time pre-professional ballet school. At 17, I moved away from home, and moved to Seattle to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division on full scholarship, where I performed with their company and finished my ballet training. It was a huge transition in my life; knowing that I could have had one more year at home. However, I knew that if I wanted to “make it” into a professional ballet company, moving away from my family was what I had to do. Many people do not realize the sacrifices that ballet dancers have to make at such a young age. By thirteen or fourteen, you have to know for sure if you want “to go pro” and the steps that you need to do to get there - such as not having summer vacations, but going to summer ballet programs, (five weeks or more of intense training away from home). I’m so thankful to have such a supportive family that has also made incredible sacrifices just for my ballet training and career.

How I Came to Raleigh:

After training in Seattle for about year, I came to Carolina Ballet’s summer program, and from there, I was offered my first professional ballet contract with the company for the 2018-2019 season. I accepted of course! I was so overjoyed to have had this offer, especially because I was not expecting it. Again, this meant another life transition… this time Raleigh, North Carolina, which is much closer to home then Seattle. In January of 2019, I was promoted to corps de ballet for the 2019-2020 season

My Yoba Journey: 

My Yoba journey started in 2019. I honestly did not know what to expect, because I was completely new to yoga. After my first class, I was immediately drawn to the warm community of Yoba and wanted to come back to experience it again (and again, and again, and.. well you get it). I think we have all experienced this sense of community at Yoba and that is why their classes are so meaningful and fulfilling to attend and enjoy. It didn’t matter which class I came to whether it was Barre, Signature, or a Yoba flow, the classes kept me feeling grounded and restored in the midst of my busy dancing/performing schedule. I was invited to do teacher training for Barre in August, and I finished in October. I started teaching back in November, so I would absolutely LOVE to meet you! I want you to feel the deep sense of community that I felt and fell in love with when I first came. 

My Goals as a Professional Ballerina teaching Barre Classes: 

As a professional ballerina, I want to use my platform to inspire my students that any kind of movement and dance is for ANYONE, and it is not about being perfect. Ballerinas are taught from such as young age to aim for unattainable perfection. This causes a certain perfectionism and drive that can lead to unhealthy habits and goals. Those habits and goals might not be as extreme as Black Swan (HA), but they often cause dancers to lose sight of why they love ballet in the first place. I want my students to feel confident in their movement and know that no one is there to be perfect, because that is impossible. I love incorporating as many balletic moves and positions that I can in my classes. By doing this, I hope that it will help clients feel more confident while taking Barre. To me, Barre is all about having FUN! Who cares if you don’t pick up the combo right away? We are all here to learn and just move freely to the music and make ourselves FEEL our best. 

How I Balance My Ballet Schedule with My Barre Classes: 

Well, I’m still figuring it out, but I think the key is preparation and getting enough sleep of course! If you ask any of the instructors at Yoba how long it took them to prepare their class, you would be surprised! At Yoba, we put our hearts and souls into giving our clients the best we can offer in any class that we teach. Making new playlists for every class is my favorite part because the best part of dancing is the music. After my 6 AM Barre classes, I go home, eat breakfast, and then I head to Carolina Ballet for a 9-10 hour rehearsal day. On days that we perform, we might finish dancing as late as 10:30 at night. 

Fun Facts About Me

I was born in 2000, so I’m a Gen Z. 

My family traces back to the oldest recorded family in America (yes for real!)

I had heart surgery when I was 17 years old. 

Baking is my number one passion outside ballet! It’s my favorite hobby and I love trying new recipes as well as trying to come up with new ones for everyone to enjoy. 

I’m also a HUGE 70’s and 80’s music fan. You’ll definitely hear some awesome tunes in my classes from Queen to Madonna! Can't wait to meet you in class! 

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