I recently had the pleasure of asking Rocky Despain some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Rocky is an amazing dacner, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her answers.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
2001 (16 years)
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Oklahoma City Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for about 9 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Russian pointe Rubin
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I was three and I asked my mom to sign me up and she found a local ballet studio for me to go to
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
English National Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I went to the Tulsa ballets Dracula, and when the corpse members all came out as Dracula’s brides, I thought there was thousands of them, and it was magical for me to see at 9 years old
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I look up to Mikhail Baryshnikov
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“Say f**k it and dance”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to read Shakespeare, poetry of all types (ex: world war 1, John Keats) and other classic books.