I recently had the chance to ask Amelia McGravey some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amelia is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her dedication and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was six years old, but I started training intensely when I was 11.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at the Rock School For Dance Education.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for four years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Grishko 2007s.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I got involved in ballet when I was really young. I tried so many sports and activities, but I was most excited to go to dance. I started to fall in love with ballet, and I took more ballet classes than any other styles.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Walpurgisnacht.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Personally, I am eager to get into any company available to me, as long as I get to dance. However, I did love Boston and San Francisco Ballet.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite ballet memory was performing Abby (Clara) in the nutcracker. It was such an amazing experience and I realized how much I loved performing.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
One of my biggest inspirations is Michaela DePrince. It is so inspiring how she overcame so much to follow her dreams.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I ever received was to have confidence in myself.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love the look of classical tutus and how beautifully the fabric lays.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing, I love reading, writing, and watching Netflix.