I recently had the opportunity to ask the amazing Jade Longley some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Jade graces the stae with poise and beauty. Her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Around 5 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
English National Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Since I was 11, so about 8 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I alternate between Freed studio professionals and Gaynors
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mother started taking me to classes as I was very restless as a child! She took me to see ‘Giselle’ at the ROH, and in that night I knew what I wanted to do with me life
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I don’t have a favourite, but Giselle Act 1 will always be quite special for me. I also like Aurora act 1 & 2, and Diana and Acteon
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
There are so many incredible companies in the world, I couldn’t choose just one.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Every time we bring a show to the stage is magical. Seeing all the hard work from the studio translate to stage is something so inwardly rewarding.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
So many dancers inspire me, as every dancer’s journey is so unique and different from anyone else’s.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“Whatever happens we’ll deal with it’
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love reading and writing, going to art exhibitions. There are so many amazing things to do in London – I feel like I’ll never get through everything!