I recently had the chance to ask Anna Cooper some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Anna is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was three years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Art Ballet Academy.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for about 4 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Russian Pointe Bravas and I absolutely love them! I’ve never had a single blister!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet because my older sister was in ballet and I could not wait until I turned three so I could dance as well!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation to watch is Giselle, but my favorite variation to perform is Coppelia!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I love to follow may companies right now and don’t think I can narrow it down to just one! Some of my current favorites are: New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have many great ballet memories, but my favorite is when I got to perform the role of Clara with my studio!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
There are so many amazing dancers out there, but I think my all time favorite is Alina Somova.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My teachers are all so good and give such helpful advice. I think one of the best for me is not only to just work hard, but also to work smart. There are so many things to think about for each and every move in ballet!
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I actually love them both equally!!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing, I love to cook, bake, craft, and swim!