I recently had the opportunity to ask Sydney Guine some questions about her time as a ballerina. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started doing ballet when I was three years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Currently I dance at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) and I also dance at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been doing pointe for 5 years now.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Currently I wear Capezio pointe shoes.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first started getting involved in ballet because my mom saw me pointing my toes in my high chair and she thought that I would enjoy dancing so she put me in ballet class.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is the Kitri variation from act 3.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream companies are Netherlands Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite ballet memory is the day I started learning how to do fouettés on pointe and I became obsessed with them for about two weeks.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Some of the ballet dancers who inspire me are Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was that everyone is different so I should stop comparing myself to everyone else in the room and focus on myself.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Definitely a classical tutu
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I love reading, baking, and sewing