Our latest Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week comes with a twist.
Chase Beeman is a ballerina and her passion to be the best dancer she can be has led her to study on the other side of the country, but despite the unique lifestyle she's learned how to balance her dance and schoolwork with flying colors.
With every twist, every turn, Chase Beeman uses dance as self-expression.
"It combines athletics and art. It's movement, expression and music, all in one," said Beeman.
Her dance of choice is ballet.
It's something she done since the age of four and over the years she's showcased her talents in several productions.
"I've had a lot of opportunities to perform in 'The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream,' " said Beeman.
For Beeman, performing ballet is not only a passion, it's her life. She practices for at least six hours a day.
"You're sore, you're tired, and you just have to get back up the next day and go through it all again, but it's all for the love of it," said Beeman.
A love that has pushed the 17-year-old into a unique situation.
Beeman is homeschooled through CORE Butte Charter School in Chico so she can train at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in Pennsylvania.
"It's a pre-professional training school for serious ballet students. We do our school online and basically the whole day is dedicated to ballet classes or school," said Beeman.
Despite her rigorous schedule, Beeman maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Her work ethic and determination to succeed have helped propel her to this point and eventually she'd like to take her passion for ballet to the next level.
"I would love someday to join a professional a company, I hope to go to Europe and dance in Europe, that's really my ultimate goal," said Beeman.
Chase Beeman is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.