Mesa began ballet at age nine when her gymnastics instructor recommended she take ballet lessons to improve her posture. Under the misconception that ballet is only about twirling bun heads and pink tutus, Mesa thought this idea was silly. After taking her first class, she realized how technically difficult and extremely physically demanding ballet actually is. Mesa’s interest was sparked. Her passion grew, and she quit gymnastics to pursue ballet. Since then, Mesa has grown up in the theater, dancing alongside professional ballet dancers. Mesa’s experience spans from dancing as a mouse in the Nutcracker at age nine to performing with the corps de ballet in Giselle with the Silicon Valley Ballet at just 16. She has learned firsthand the hard work and dedication necessary for this beautiful art. With the New Ballet School, Mesa dances Monday through Saturday, approximately 35 hours a week. She takes classes in ballet technique, variations, and modern for versatility. After her training, she plans to audition for her first professional position. Mesa’s passion for ballet continues, and she is looking forward to her next season with the New Ballet School’s Studio Company.