I recently had the pleasure of asking Julia Tegtmeier some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her passion for ballet is immense and she is incredibly dedicated. Below are her answers
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at The School of Delaware Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I first went on pointe at age 10 so around 5 years almost 6
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Freed Classic Pros usually the castle or v maker
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My older sister began dance when she was 3 so when i reached the age my parents put me straight into ballet. I have been in love ever since, working to be my very best all of the time.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation would have the be the Diana and Acteon variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company would be Pacific Northwest Ballet as I love the Balanchine technique they embody
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory or moment of ballet would have to be when performing as Sugar Plum Fairy in my company’s last production of the nutcracker. In the last dip and while going through my bows just knowing that the stage is where I belonged. That feeling has stuck with me every time i’ve stepped on stage ever since 🙂
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Tiler Peck and Ashley Bouder are definitely two dancers that I look up to the most. They are absolutely beautiful inside and out, and have that little something that makes me push even harder to reach my highest potential every time I see them perform.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten from a teacher is to feel not think. I’m sure I’m the only one that gets nervous on stage, but every time I am I just feel all of my muscles as they know what they need to do to give me my best performance. Without that advice, many of my best performances could have been hurt by overthinking.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love a romantic tutu as it flows with movement yet also shows all of the beautiful lines a dancer makes.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I love spending time with my friends, baking, and taking pictures!!