I recently had the opportunity to ask Alina Gonzalez some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Alina is a wonderful dancer who graces the stage with poise, elegance and beauty. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unparalleled. Below are her answers
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 5.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Contra Costa Ballet Centre.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for about 6 years now.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I’ve been wearing Bloch Heritage for around 3 years now and I love them! They fit my foot perfectly and don’t die super fast. They also feel wonderful.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I had always wanted to do ballet for as long as I remember, and eventually my grandma put me into ballet after I begged enough. My grandma was planning on it anyways, because she took ballet in Cuba at my age but stopped before she would dance professionally.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have many favorites, but my absolute favorite would be Aurora’s Act III variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I’d love to dance for Oregon Ballet Theatre!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have many favorite memories, but something I will always remember is the crowd’s applause I got for my first principal role bow.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nuñez is my absolute queen! I also look up to Alicia Alonso.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve received is not to feel discouraged by a “lack of progress”. For every three steps forward you take, you take one backwards; But in the end, you’re farther than you began.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I just like to relax at home.