Ballet

Q&A With British Ballerina Jade Longley

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?

Romantic!

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!

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