I recently had the chance to ask Olivia Daugherty some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at the age of 4, but started focusing on ballet when I was 12.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train at International Ballet School.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 3 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I am currently wearing Russian Pointe Rubins.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first became very interested in ballet when I watched all of the amazing dancers at YAGP when I was 10.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Esmeralda or any Paquita variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet Company or ABT.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite ballet moments are whenever I am able to perform on stage because it reminds me of why I love ballet so much. I get a feeling when I step onto the stage that is unforgettable.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role model is Iana Salenko.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have received is that your performance quality is just as important as your technique.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love any tutu, but I prefer classical
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time, I like spending time with friends and family or hiking in the mountains.