I recently had the pleasure of asking Serena Reed some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. She graces the stage with poise and beauty, her dedication and passion to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 5 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I train at the Kirov Academy of Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 3 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grishko Novas
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I had a lot of energy as a child, so my parents thought ballet would be a good way for me to get some exercise and learn discipline.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is 3rd shade from La Bayadere
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company is Dutch National Ballet, they have such an amazing and diverse repertoire
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Getting to perform with the Mariinsky this past October was such an amazing experience. It was so incredible to get to see the behind the scenes action as well as to watch such phenomenal dancers
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Melissa Chapski from Dutch National Ballet is definitely an inspiration to me. Her hometown is very close to mine and I really admire how hard she has worked to achieve her goals. Also Ulyana Lopatkina is an inspiration because she has such amazing artistry and movement quality.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve gotten is to really apply yourself in every class. Don’t just go through the motions, think about your corrections every day and you will improve.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Probably a romantic tutu.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time outdoors doing activities like camping or hiking with my family and friends.