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Stafford woman, who's studied dance since she was 3, will spend 15 months singing and dancing at Tokyo Disney Resort
Beale found her calling
JONATHAN McC. BARTELDT
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"I am an entertainer at heart; I love everything about being up on that stage in the lights, doing what I love to do and seeing peoples' expressions and how it affects them," she said.
She returned home to Stafford, where she's the only child of Perry and Debbie Beale. (Perry Beale is a driver for The Free Lance-Star.)
She started searching for her next job and heard about an audition in New York City for Tokyo Disney. She said she was the only woman selected for the cast from that location.
BROADENING HER HORIZONS
Beale leaves today for Tokyo and will spend a month rehearsing with other cast members from the United States, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Japan.
She is anxious about being away from home so long. But just as she did with the cruise job, she's focusing on the good that will come from it.
"I can't help but think what an experience this is going to be, and I am going to be able to look back and say, 'I did that,'" Beale said.
'THE SPARKLE IN HER EYE'
Beale's ability to make the best of things--and her determination--impress her former ballet teacher, Julie Drennan.
She remembers a talented high-school dancer who wanted to be the best at everything she did--but also got everything she wanted.
"She's not that little diva who once came into my ballet class," Drennan said. "She's matured into a young woman who's realized she has to go out and work for it."
She's done just that, Drennan said, by putting herself through an audition process that is nothing short of grueling. She's had to discover there are times when her abilities and years of training mean nothing because she simply doesn't have "the look" directors wanted.
"She wanted to become a professional and she did, and that doesn't happen very often," said Sandra Childress, who taught Beale at Dance and Gym Expressions in Stafford from the time the dancer was 4.
Childress predicted in 1999 that Beale had what it takes to make a career, that she was a natural in so many ways.
"She never stops dancing, she just loves it," her former teacher said, "and you can see the sparkle in her eye."
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