Q&A With Australian Ballerina Shani Wilkens

I recently had the chance to ask Shani Wilkens some questions about her wonderful journey as a ballerina. Shani is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with real poise. Her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 7 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with Queensland Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I got my first pair of pointe shoes when I was 11.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetics Sapfir Flex Medium.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My younger sister started and when I saw that she was enjoying I wanted to join in.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would have to be Odalisque 3rd Variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would really love to be apart of The Queensland Ballet when I’m old enough.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite memory was either when I performed at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards or the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Some dancers that inspire me are Margot Fonteyn, Misty Copeland and Li Cunxin.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get in wrong.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I prefer a classical tutu although I do enjoy dancing in both.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I really like reading and drawing and spending time with my family and friends.

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