Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Vanessa Zahorian started ballet when she was five years old. She trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before joining the San Francisco Ballet in 1997. After being promoted to principal dancer in 2002, she enjoyed a longtime career with company. In considering what it takes to attain and maintain such an esteemed spot on the stage, we followed Zahorian for our #MyLife series. She starts her day with an open ballet class to warm up her body before going to the theater for rehearsal that lasts all day long. That’s all leading up to the big performance at 8 PM. Talk about discipline. See more of what it takes to make it as a professional ballerina in the video above.