While in NYC, Stay dormed at Fordham University and was responsible for her own meals, managing her classes and was unsupervised during her free time.
"It felt like college. We were on our own," she said.
Stay said she would suggest other dancers try out for the opportunity to dance at Alvin Ailey's school because "you don't know what's going to happen."
"Definitely, I would just tell [other dancers] to go for it," said Stay. "Try."
Guibord-Stay added it is necessary to be strong "in your ballet technique."
"As a dancer today, you can't just do one type of technique. You've got to get good training and you've got to be able to branch out and have a pretty open mind about what you're doing," she said.
Stay also suggest youngsters take up dancing.
"It's just a really amazing way to express yourself and find out who you are and who you want to be and what you want to do," she said.