Learner Spotlight – Audrey Bernhardt

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My name is Audrey Bernhardt and I am 11 years old. I live in the Los Angeles area. I have been dancing for two years and I am already en pointe (that’s French). I am the only one at my dance studio who went en pointe in just one year! This means I can now dance with the special shoes that put all of my body weight on the tip of my toes like Misty Copeland does. Misty Copeland is a famous principal ballet dancer who is a role model for me.  

I dance at The Dance West dance studio in Los Alamitos. This is where I take ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. I dance six days per week for at least three hours a day and I love every minute of it! Dance West is like another home for me. My teachers show me what to do and teach me proper techniques. If you want to know more about The Dance West studio, visit here.

Right now, I am working on “fouette turns – en pointe.” It is very hard, but I will get it. Being homeschooled with iLEAD Exploration gives me the time I need to dance, and it allows me to have a proper education.  

Here is my sister and me doing a science experiment. We are learning about atoms, molecules and how they are bonded.

Every year Dance West presents “The Nutcracker.” This year I have several parts. I am a Russian, a Party Girl, in the snow scene, and I am part of the Waltz scene. In addition, I have three ballet solos, one jazz team dance, and two contemporary solos.

For fun, I like to go camping with my family, but when there is a camping trip the same time as an audition I stay home with my grandma. I also love the 13 Bobwhite Quail we have at home. We have hatched 11 of our birds and hand raised them. I help take care of them with my sister and we eat the quail eggs. They are delicious!

A future goal that I have for myself is to dance with the American Ballet Theater or New York City Ballet.


                                 “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.” ~Marilyn Monroe                                                                        


I cannot handle stepping on a crack or stepping on uneven tiles.

I love making bath balms in all sorts of colors and scents.


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