Meet the CB junior who spends her days dancing, singing, acting, and more. Raised in a generation that seems to focus on quantity over quality, junior Allie Lian (’14) proves that you can have it all. All while maintaining excellent grades, this jack of all trades participates in dance, choir, and theatre programs both in […]
Meet the CB junior who spends her days dancing, singing, acting, and more.
Raised in a generation that seems to focus on quantity over quality, junior Allie Lian (’14) proves that you can have it all. All while maintaining excellent grades, this jack of all trades participates in dance, choir, and theatre programs both in and outside of school.
Following in the footsteps of her artistic extended family, Allie began singing at six, acting at eight, and dancing at twelve. Prior to that she competed in gymnastics for nearly ten years, until her “fear that [she] was going to die” overtook her love for the sport.
An average day for this passionate teen involves waking up at 5:30 A.M., going to her zero-period (and highly competitive) Vocal Jazz class, followed by a full school day with another choir, Honors Chorale, thrown in. On Thursdays she spends an additional two hours at De La Femme, an all-girls performing troupe. Twice a month she gets private vocal lessons, something she calls “fun, but kind of scary.”
As for dance, her commitment is huge. She goes to practice nearly every weekday, from 4:30 or 5:00 P.M. until 9:00. While that schedule may seem daunting to most, Allie loves spending time with the girls in her class and isn’t bothered by the dedication required.
The multitalented junior recently finished her role in Godspell and quickly began another activity: One Acts. Both demand an extra two hours of her day for practice after school, but don’t be fooled, that’s not all. “It depends on whether or not I’m doing another show outside, then I have to do weekend rehearsals too,” she says.
Allie takes it all in stride saying, “that just kind of comes with the territory.”
She simply says, “I like to be involved in a lot of stuff. I’m one of those people that can’t really not do things, otherwise I can’t get anything done.” And for Allie, the plus side is that she still gets to have fun and express herself while expanding her horizons.
One can’t help but wonder what helpful tips and words of wisdom this super accomplished teen must have accumulated. Among other things, Allie jokingly recommends “just appreciate how much sleep you get, because some people are not so fortunate.”