I had the chance to ask Selena Knowlton some questions about her journey as a ballerina recently. Selena is a fantastic dancer, she dances with real poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was five years old. Over the years I got more serious about it, for example I used to do competitive gymnastics but I had to make a choice.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
The Rock School for Dance Education
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for about 5 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Gaynor Minden pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My sisters danced so I was also put into classes by my parents but I ended up falling more in love with it than they did.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
There’s so many great choices but I think either Lilac Fairy or Kitri.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would be honored to be able to work for any company big or small.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
When I got my first solo variation and I was waiting in the wings with anticipation. Then performing and loving every second, and then when I was done wishing I could do it all again.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Lauren Lovette, Isabella Boylston, Michaela DePrince, and of course my peers.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My one teacher once said to me, “I know you are a perfectionist but don’t worry about it. Just dance and show everyone how much you love it.”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Spend time with family and friends, bake, run, or any form of physical activity/exercise.