Local Dancer’s Royal Dream is Coming True
2013-09-26 · By Editor
Long Beach resident and dancer Micayla Stone,14, was recently offered a place at The Royal Ballet School in London. After participating in an exclusive two-week International Summer course at White Lodge in Richmond Park, Surrey, England, Micayla was promptly invited to start as a full-time student with the Royal Ballet School this Fall. She is the only American to be offered such a distinction this year.
“I am very dedicated to dance, I spend my days taking classes at my ballet studio then working on my own choreography at home,” says Micayla. “Dance is not only my dream, it is my lifestyle.”
Micayla has been training for ballet since she was four years old. She began dancing in Long Beach and Irvine, California and has danced at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington. Most recently she has been training with Alicia Head (who has worked with ABT dancer Misty Copeland) at UP Studio in Long Beach.
Micayla’s dream to attend The Royal Ballet School is coming true. She started this September, but with a prestigious ballet school comes a price. Dancing at the Royal Ballet School costs roughly $50,000 per year. Currently 90% of students rely on financial support to attend the school. However, as a U.S. resident, Micayla does not qualify for financial support. She started a social media campaign to fundraiser for the overseas ballet school using gofundme.com.
Micayla has been homeschooled along with her three siblings by her mother, Kari Stone, a credentialed school teacher in Long Beach. They named their homeschool, Mt. Moe Academy, with the motto “Make the most of everyday”!