BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – For some ballet might not be considered a sport but dancers at the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater say it’s both a sport and an art form.

“It’s just always been my medium of expression and creativity,” said Rachel Stanger

“It has taught me a lot of discipline,” said Caroline Weise.

“You just have to trust the process,” said Isabelle Lieux.

Stanger, Lieux, and Weise have been dancing since they were three and four years old. Now teenagers they say ballet is a way of life.

Lieux said, “Every day I am in the studio, I keep working and I get to see my progress day after day and it’s a really big motivator for me to keep going.”


“If I have had a bad day at school, I can always go back to dance and make it a lot better. And it’s just so fun because you get to express yourself in a creative way, instead of school when you’re just constantly studying,” Weise.

Stanger said, “Dance just taught me the discipline to not only work hard but to keep working even though I don’t necessarily want to.”

Molly Buchmann has been with Baton Rouge Ballet theater for over 3 decades. She has seen hundreds of girls and boys through the years develop into great dancers. One thing she says dance offers everyone is discipline.

“It’s not an easy thing. There is a perfection that we aspire to be in ballet to but will never reach and that keeps you coming back trying harder,” said Molly Buchmann.

As for the girls, they say she right and they hope to pass down the lessons learn to future generations.

“Don’t be scared, you don’t have anything to be scared of at that age so why not just come on out and dance,” said Weise.

Baton Rogue Ballet Theater is hosting auditions for one of their biggest performances of the year the Nutcracker August 27.

Fill out the Louisiana Kids form here to nominate a kid.