Today is a great day to meet a lovely girl called Deryli who found her way to EBS through a funny will of fate.
Tell me about yourself briefly.
Hey, my name is Deryli-Loreen, but I introduce myself to everyone as Deryli, because that name is already hard enough for people to remember. 🙂 I am 19 years old, but it was only in autumn that I was 18 years old, so at EBS I can enjoy the status of being the youngest among my coursemates. It’s currently my first year of studying International Business Management and overall, I can say that I love exercising and having an active lifestyle.
Three facts about you.
- Although in the previous point I mentioned that I love an active lifestyle, it is very likely that I rather have to love being active because I have a crazy sweet tooth, and I eat at least one chocolate or some other candy/cake a day.
- I love animals a lot, and I have been a volunteer at MTÜ Kasside Turvakodu (non-profit homeless cats shelter) for years, and when I see any ads come on social media with the statement: “buy something from us and we will plant a tree or donate part of the money to a charity”, I can never resist and always buy a little something of what was advertised (firstly obviously verifying that I am not dealing with a scam).
- It’s impossible to watch movies with me because I start crying so easily at every even slightly touching moment, for example, the cartoon “The Grinch” even made me cry because the Grinch’s dog reminded me so much of my dog, who unfortunately is no longer with us.
What do you do in your free time?
My free time is mostly spent dancing ballet. Actually, at the age of 3, I started singing, but I got a little tired of it because I wanted to sing like the “big girls” already, but we kept on singing about bears and elves, so I moved on to learning the piano. Somewhere around the age of 5, I started doing ballroom dancing, but I quickly grew tired of it too, because I remember how after each lesson I complained to my mother how my partner by no means knows how to dance. Fortunately, my mother and I went to the Birgitta Festival to watch the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” and from that moment on I completely fell in love with ballet, and at the age of 6, started my first ballet classes. And as you can see, I’m still very much into it, and my love for ballet hasn’t diminished even a bit. When I have a little free time from training, I also like to cook and bake with my friends, visit cafes, read books and watch thrilling movies/series.
What is the hardest thing about ballet?
I think the hardest part is putting the same amount of energy into training every day and being constantly focused on it. No matter how much I like to dance, I often still feel that I can’t be bothered or I don’t want to do it today. Then I have to remind myself why I am doing it and try to restore my motivation, which is sometimes difficult, especially if it seems to me that I have not made any progress at all. In reality, there is slight progress with each class, and in the long run, it can be seen. Fortunately, when I don’t dance ballet for some time, I start to miss it so much that my motivation gets restored automatically. It’s also hard when you have an injury, and you really want to dance, but your body just won’t let you.
Where have you participated in competitions and what has been the most interesting experience?
Generally, I don’t like to compete in ballet because I think it is an art form that is meant to be enjoyed, not for comparing skills, not to mention how nervous I get before competitions and how difficult the overall competition period is for me. However, I have still taken part in a couple of competitions because they truly are great opportunities for gaining stage experience. I have competed in various events in Estonia, Latvia and even Italy. I have also been able to perform in Russia at the Hermitage Theatre and in Croatia. I’m not sure if anything that interesting has happened to me in any of the competitions, but maybe it was a little funny when in one of the competitions, the trophies were put on the stage for the final round, and the competitors had to perform with the trophies on the stage and somehow maneuver around them without breaking the dance scheme. Who knows, maybe they were brought out to motivate us because as it is said “keep your eyes on the prize”. 😀
How did you find your way to EBS?
It’s a pretty funny story actually because when I was in high school, I had no idea where to go or what to do next. But after graduation, fate somehow guided me in the right direction. Namely, my family and I had recently taken a new dog, Archie, who befriended Bailey, a dog, who we often met while she was walking in the same park as Archie did. After a while, it turned out that Bailey’s owners were studying at EBS themselves, and when Bailey’s owner Johanna found out that I had just finished school and didn’t know what to do, she was the one to introduce me to EBS’s school life and environment. As a result, she motivated me to delve deeper into it and then afterwards to apply. So it can be said that my dog helped me find my way to the right people, who offered me priceless support and advice.
What are your plans for after university?
If I didn’t know what to do next after high school, then the situation is not much better now. I am constantly drawn into two directions: creativity and rationality. On one hand, I would like to dance ballet somewhere in a ballet theatre for the rest of my life, but I know that it is a short-lived career choice and an extremely difficult career on the body and overall health, which often does not leave space to live a life outside of ballet. Then again, I think I want to do something that would leave me time to live my life, rest and live a stable family life at some point. In reality, I probably would like to combine these two things and start my own business, which is somehow related to training, being active, living a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Who knows, maybe one moment I’ll open my own ballet school or even a bakery because I love sweets and pastries so much. 🙂
If you could go get dinner with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
Wow, now this is a difficult question because there are so many people I would like to meet. Since it’s currently relevant that the actor Tom Felton, known from Harry Potter movies, who played Draco Malfoy, is in Estonia, then it would most likely that I could meet up with him, which would make me very happy, because I am a huge “Potterhead”. If I could choose anyone else, I would also like to have a conversation with Jerome David Salinger, because I love his work and I find his whole biography and personality extremely fascinating. The only concern is that even if he was still alive, he probably wouldn’t want to talk to me, as he was a very private person and didn’t tolerate getting unnecessary attention. In addition to them, I would like to talk to Audrey Hepburn, who also studied and danced ballet, Princess Diana, who is simply a woman with a beautiful heart and Ariana Grande, whose music I love immensely.