The classic high school experience immortalised in film and fiction isn't the same for everyone; in fact, if you're a child genius with a gift that's rare enough to pursue professionally, it's wildly different. For a peek behind the curtain, ELLE spoke with Zoe Cavedon, a senior at Florida's prestigious Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. She's in her final year of studying ballet 10,000 miles away from her hometown in Victoria, Australia and, spoiler alert: This is not your typical suburban high school.More
"The opportunity [to go to Harid] arose through a scholarship I got at a ballet competition in New York, and I knew there was no way I could say no to it. It's a step I was willing to take for my career. My parents were really proud, and there wasn't a lot of convincing to do because they were ready to support me 100 percent. We knew if I wanted this, this is the way I should go about it."
"My parents haven't visited, [but] I got to go home for Christmas. It's really only twice a year that I get to see them. This year they might be coming for my graduation, which is really exciting. Going all those months just with phone calls, it definitely gets to you. I have a younger brother and sister, and I've noticed my sister and I fight a lot less now that I've been away. If anything, we've gotten closer. It's hard not being with her, going through her mid-teen years and not being able to be the sister who's there. I miss my little brother so much. Neither of them dance: I think they just saw what it is for me and thought, 'Wow, way too much.'"