I recently had the joy of asking the incredible Madison Whiteley some questions about her phenomenal journey as a ballerina. Madison is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise, grace, strength and beauty. Her passion and dedication is unparalleled, there is no doubt that Madison is inspiring the next generation of ballet dancers. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at age 5.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Semperoper Ballett Dresden
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I started pointe work when I was 10 years old.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Freed of London. Although I wore Bloch, Gaynor Minden and Energetiks in the past.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mother enrolled me because I was always dancing around the house.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Lilac Fairy or one of the Paquita variations
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I joined Semperoper this year and I love it.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Too many to say!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role model is Marianela Nuñez. I love her!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to spend time with friends and family. I also love to travel and explore new places