Q&A With American Ballerina Selena Knowlton

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.

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