I had the oppotunity recently to ask Dayne Patillo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Dayne is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with grace and poise, her dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her answers.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I have been dancing since I was 5 years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 6 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Russian Pointe Entrada Pros, but I also love Freed Classic Pro 90’s.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom enrolled my sister and me in classes when we were young.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have a couple of favorite variations since there are so many! Some of my favorites are the Dying Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and Medora from Le Corsaire.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Some of my dream companies include the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballett.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory from ballet would have to be the time I had the opportunity to perform Dying Swan. I had a blast learning and perfecting the role!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Some of my dance role models are Kimberly Thompson, Sara Murawski, Ashley Ellis, and Lauren Lovette to name a few.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have received is not to set limitations. Your mind is powerful, so use it to reach your goals, not hold yourself back!
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
This is a tough one, but I’ll have to go with a romantic tutu.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I usually go to the gym and work out, but I also love to bake, read, and travel around town.