I recently had the opportunity to ask Maya Lukasik some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Maya is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise, grace and presence. Her level of dedication and passion for ballet is immense. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was about four years old, which was almost ten years ago.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Classic Dance Academy (CDA) in Colorado.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for approximately three years (since I was ten).
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grishko 2007s.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved with ballet because my older sister, @balletgirl328, took classes, and I wanted to be like her.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I really like Kitri Act I because the character is fiery and passionate. It’s very fun to perform!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet/ABT.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite ballet memory is from last summer, when I went away to my first out of state summer intensive program. I attended ABT Irvine and made valuable friends as well as furthering my dance education.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My older sister Gabi inspires me, as well as Maria Mosina (a former principal dancer with Colorado Ballet who was just breathtaking to watch).
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve ever received is this: “Don’t focus on the prize; focus on the process. If you’re too obsessed with winning, you’ll miss out on the perhaps more valuable steps you take along the way.”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love reading, writing, and eating food. 🙂