I had the opportunity recently to ask Emmery Hermann some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a fantastic dancer who has poise and elegance when she dances. her dedication to ballet is astounding. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 3 years old, but became serious when I was twelve.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at The Art of Classical Ballet under the direction of Magaly Suarez.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 6 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I recently switched to Russian Pointe Rubin pointe shoes and I love them!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet like any little girl when my mom put me into a creative movement ballet class.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
It’s so hard just to pick one variation. I love all of the Kitri variations because of the amount of charisma and enthusiasm it demands. I also love the Odette variation from Swan Lake because of the light and fluid movements.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for any classical ballet company, preferably Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet or Dutch National.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment is anytime I am on stage and performing. I love the butterflies I get right before I go on stage and performing reminds me why I want to make this my career. It’s the end goal and the reason why dancers put hundreds of hours into rehearsal and training. My goal is to be able to connect with the audience and have them feel different emotions.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My biggest idol in ballet is Isabella Boylston from ABT. She is such a passionate dancer and truly dances from the heart. Her lines never end and her quality of movement is effortless, which takes my breath away.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to always breath and to take every class like a performance. A true dancer is one who dances with quality and shows passion. I am so thankful for my all of my teachers for supporting my aspirations and inspiring me to reach my full potential.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I prefer romantic tutus all the way.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I am not dancing, I am homeschooled so I work on my online classes. I also love to binge watch Netflix (Grey’s Anatomy is life!) and hangout with friends and family. I sometimes like to bake as well, but I end up throwing away everything I make because none of my food ever tastes good.