Student pursues ballet dream Reply

Lasell hospitality and event major Grace Hogan has danced ballet for 15 years, including at Boston Ballet. Today she is an ambassador for the Boston Ballet. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Turner)

Lasell hospitality and event major Grace Hogan has danced ballet for 15 years, including at Boston Ballet. Today she is an ambassador for the Boston Ballet. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Turner)

Krista DeJulio – 1851 Staff

Grace Hogan exudes elegance, from the way she presents herself to how passionate she is about ballet. Every little kid has wanted to a ballerina at some point in his or her life and Hogan lives that dream. 

Hogan, a hospitality and event management major at Lasell, has been a serious dancer from age three, as serious as a person can get at age three that is. She danced at three different schools over the past 15 years, including Boston Ballet.

Hogan danced at the Boston Ballet for three years in a full-time program during school and two summer programs prior to enrolling full time. She studied long and hard at Boston Ballet– four times a week, two hours long – as a way to establish herself.

Hogan said she was taught to be an artist, not just a dancer, and to be able to move with music because “without music there’s no such thing as dance.”

Hogan was originally taught the Cecchetti method, not usually taught anymore, as it is known as a lost form and out of date. Taking a spot in Boston Ballet, she learned the Classical Balanchine method.

From then on she developed her skills profusely but was rejected by Boston Ballet to dance professionally. Hogan saw it as an opportunity rather than rejection. She misses practicing ballet everyday and said it was “everything to [her]. It was love.” She is an ambassador for the Boston Ballet, encouraging her peers to go to the ballet through social media sites as part of her responsibilities.

Though the Boston Ballet is losing supporters, Hogan says, “I’ve had a real joy experiencing my friends to the Boston Ballet.” Hogan works with the corporate office, completely separated from the actual world of ballet.

“I have so much to give them. It’s so awesome to be on the opposite side of the spectrum,” she says about her current position.

Hogan is a self-proclaimed advocate for the arts and hopes to work with the Boston Ballet on future events.

According to Hogan, she understands ballet so well she can apply the knowledge to her occupational future.

When asked if she thinks she will go back to dance, she proudly says, “I’m not done yet. I’m only 19 years old.”

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