Ballerina and OCO Student Anjoulie Kempton Sets Her Sights on the San Francisco Ballet Company
Dancing since the age of three, Anjoulie has the focus and determination to be a success. Anjoulie trains at the Southland Ballet Academy in Orange County, California. Moving to Orange County for dance was one of the main reasons why she decided to enroll in Oaks Christian Online's middle school program.
Recognized as one of the best online schools in the country, OCO's flexible online learning platform and top instructors allow her to stay on top of her academics while spending over 20 hours per week in ballet school. When asked how OCO has helped her academic career and pursuit of outside activities, Anjoulie states, "OCO has helped me because it has made me more mature. I have had to figure things out on my own and not be distracted. It has also given me more time and flexibility for ballet and to recover from a dance injury."
Oaks Christian Online Vice President of Operations and Curriculum Development Dr. Christy Cleugh talks about the qualities needed to be a successful online student, "The students accepted into our program have a great deal of self-initiative and drive. Our online platform gives them tremendous flexibility but our students learn quickly that they have to meet deadlines, develop independence, and manage their time and schedules. Our students end up developing a skill-set that makes them a success in their careers and in life."
Anjoulie has a busy next few months ahead. She is dancing in this year's Festival Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker which will take place at the Irvine Barclay Theatre & Cheng Hall. There will be 15 performances starting December 10th through December 24th. Anjoulie performs in 13 of the 15 performances and has four parts including: Merliton, Arabian, Flowers and Party Friend. She is "half nervous and half excited!" When asked how this event helps her in pursuing her passion of dance, Anjoulie says,"The artistic director has a lot of connections and they will come and see or even perform in the show." Anjoulie will also have the opportunity to meet soloists and famous dancers.
In addition to performing in The Nutcracker, Anjoulie is preparing for The Festival Ballet Theatre production of Don Quixote in March, as well as preparing for the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix, an annual student ballet competition open to dance students between 8 - 19 years old. The competition attracts over 8,000 participants from around the world and awards scholarships to elite dance schools in the U.S. and abroad. Participants get exposure to world renowned directors of ballet schools and companies.
One of Anjoulie's highlights as a dance student was when she met Maria Kochetkova, a Russian ballet dancer and a Principal Dancer for both the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Anjoulie met Kochetkova this past August and was able to get an autograph and photo with her.
When asked about her other passions besides dance, Anjoulie states, "I love cooking, baking and eating at my favorite restaurants." And, when asked what she likes best about OCO, she adds, "One of my favorite things about OCO is my classmates. I really like my classmates and the teachers. They are really fun!"
Established in 2011, OCO provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School, the main campus in Westlake Village, California are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. OCO continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website https://www.oakschristianonline.org/ to R.S.V.P. One-hundred-percent of OCO graduates were accepted to four-year colleges. OCO is the founding school of the Online Christian Consortium, a leadership organization of schools committed to theologically engaged, college-preparatory, accredited, online programs. The organization's vision is that its courses provide an education that uplifts, transforms and inspires students around the world. For more information on The Online Christian Consortium, please visit: https://www.onlinechristianconsortium.org/.