Recently I had the opportunity to ask Layne Hampson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Layne is an amazing dancer who graces the stage with beauty and poise. She had a strong passion and dedication for ballet. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started when I was 4 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m a first year classical major at the New Zealand School of Dance
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I switch between Gaynors and Bloch Eurostretch at the moment
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
When I was little I was always making up dances in my room to show my mum, eventually she asked if I wanted to start ballet classes, I was so excited and haven’t looked back since
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Probably something from Raymonda
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Royal New Zealand Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, West Australian Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
So many! I think the amazing friendships I made at Geneé 2016 was something I’ll never forget. I also loved taking part in the Ballet West Scotland summer school and the Ballet Cymru summer school in Wales. I learnt to much and met so many amazing dancers from the other side of the world.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Misty Copeland, Li Cunxin, Michaela DePrince and Steven McRae. We’ve recently had Amber Scott and Sandrine Cassini teach our classes at NZSD which was so surreal and inspiring as well
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
To work your hardest every day and to turn every set back into an opportunity to become stronger
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I usually see my friends, go out for coffee or do some cooking