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Carmeci: From Medford to the Royal Ballet

KTVL/Finnian Carmeci

Five years ago, Finnian Carmeci was playing Tennis.

Today he's preparing for a trip to the Royal Ballet, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the entire world.

Carmeci was influenced by his sister to try out his luck with ballet.

“I just remember being kind of scared," Carmeci said of his early ballet days. "It was really confusing at first cause I went into a class with a lot of kids that have been dancing for 7 or 8 years before me. I was really far behind so it was just kind of scary and new and very different.”

After years of practice and dedication at a studio in Grants Pass, Carmeci spends most of his time each week at Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland.

At 15-years-old, Carmeci has now studied at OBT for a few years and does his academic schooling through a program with Stanford University. With such flexibility, Carmeci can spent time in both Portland at his theatre company and a few days at his families house in Medford.

A few months ago, Carmeci competed in his first international competition at the 46th Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. He was the youngest male competitor and made it to the finals.

“Going to a competition like that (Prix de Lausanne) and making it to the finals; it kind of gives yourself confidence," Carmeci said. "Yeah, it gave me that feeling that maybe I can do this.”

Finn was one of seven Americans to compete in the competition.

Next, he's headed to London for the Royal Ballet where he'll decide if that is the theatre company he will work with in the future.

“Going to the Royal Ballet is kind of a big leap," Carmeci said. "It’s always been a dream of mine."

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