I had the opportunity to ask Allie English some questions about her journye as a ballerina. She graces the stage with poise, elegance and beauty. Her level of dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her answeres
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was two years old, but my parents tell me I had been asking for it since I was one! No one knows where my eagerness came from!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at The School of Cadence Ballet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s the best! All the teachers are so nice, and help us get the best training possible!
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe since late January 2018, so that’s about four months. Funny story, I went to YAGP after about six weeks of pointe!
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grishko ProFlex 2007 pointe shoes, and I am also a Grishko ambassador.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
There was a sign for ‘Ages 2-Adult’ outside my first dance studio, so my parents took me there, and I loved it!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Harlequinade is my favourite variation! It is actually very funny, because no one EVER gets to do their favourite, because the teacher really knows what’s best for you! I am sooooooooo lucky to be able to do my favourite one!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for any Russian company — Mariinsky or Bolshoi would be my dream!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite moment so far has been when I first went up en pointe! The second I got up there, I felt like I was actually flying!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role models are Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Anna Pavlova and Sergei Polunin. I have two cats we named Osipova and Pavlova because I love them so much!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have ever received from a teacher is the reminder to use my technique and then just PERFORM!
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love classical tutus! Romantic ones are pretty but they cover the legs ‘tutu’ much! Ha.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time (which is a bit limited!) I like to sew elaborate stuffed animals, read comic books and play Minecraft with my friends!