I had the opportunity to ask the magnificent Australian dancer Imogen Wallace some questions about her experiences in ballet. She is a wonderful dancer who dances so elegantly on stage and the level of dedication to dance and ballet is unparalleled and graces the stage so exquisitely. Below are her outstanding responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was about 10 but started taking it seriously at 14,
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Rogerson Elite Classical Training
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for about 3 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
The shoes I am currently wearing are Bloch and the style Concerta.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum put me in my first dance class which was jazz, I then started contemporary and soon my dance school decided to start a RAD ballet class and have done it ever since, I started to take it seriously once I moved to Rogersons.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is definitely Aurora act 3 I have never done it but it’s so beautiful when done well haha
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
As I’m an aspiring contemporary dancer Netherlands dans theatre would be my dream company, Scottish dance theatre or Sydney dance company.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Nothing specific I can remember but I love watching old videos of myself dancing and seeing how far I’ve come, it’s so rewarding seeing the hard work pay off.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I love Misty Copeland and Violetta Komyshan, they have a mature and elegant look about them and are both very athletic, they aren’t the stereotypical ballet dancer which I love, as well as being down to earth, I think its hard to find dancers who not only dance but live their own life and inspire others.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advise I have ever been told was by a dancer from Australian Dance Theatre while I was there for a secondment week in the April just past, he told me to “live as much life as I can and keep getting experience, grow your mind as well as your body, no one wants an uneducated dancer” and I couldn’t agree more.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Romantic tutu for sure, so elegant.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love making healthy raw desserts when I’m not dancing and watching Netflix