I recently had the opportunity to pose some questions to Tara Schiphof about her journey as a ballerina. She is an amazing dancer with real poise, grace and presence while dancing. She has a level of dedication to ballet that is unparalleled and which is evident. Below is her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
At the age of 2
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at UNCSA
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for 9 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Gaynor Minden
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom put me in competition dance which had ballet classes
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Aurora wedding variation or Stars and Stripes lead
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
ABT or Boston Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
The process of becoming the snow queen in the nutcracker
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Isabella Boylston, Whitney Jensen, Beckanne Sisk, Gillian Murphy
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“you can’t be anyone but yourself, so embrace it. If a company doesn’t like you for being yourself in your dancing, well you don’t want to dance for them anyways”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I sell makeup products and part of the money contributed to a foundation partners with the makeup company that supports sexually abused women!