It seems crazy to me to say that I have already lived here for twenty years, half of my life in Uruguay and half of my life in the United States.
If I have to evaluate my first years in Uruguay, without a doubt the most beautiful was having my family close by, having an incredibly happy childhood, and being at the Escuela Nacional de Danza where I was taught my first ballet steps as well as a discipline that helped me so much in not only my career, but in life in general. Perhaps the less positive aspect was that in that moment there was no place to study ballet at a professional level. The Company was pretty deteriorated and unfortunately in order to grow more in ballet, I needed to leave.
In reference to the last twenty years, the most difficult was having my family so far away. I missed so many important moments such as watching my nieces and nephews grow up, birthdays, weddings, etc. At first (in 1998), it was even worse because communication technology was so much slower; now the distance seems a bit shorter because there are so many ways to quickly communicate. What I like the most about these years in the Unites States is the ability to look back and realize all of the things I have achieved in my life here despite them perhaps being quite ambitious. To become a principal dancer in a professional company where I had the opportunity to dance so much and enjoy it. And without realizing it, to begin to develop a career as a teacher at a young age and loving it. To feel that I have friends who are like brothers and sisters, who are by my side in the happy moments and in the difficult ones – this is priceless. And of course, to have found the love of my life here.