I had the chance to ask Emmanuelle Hendrickson some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Emmanuelle is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started at 4 years old just doing recreational ballet/tap but when I turned 13, I started to take it seriously.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Suffolk Stellar/Sonnet. I love them both!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I tried a lot of different sports including ballet just to see what I enjoyed. Swimming and ballet were the only ones that stuck. Eventually, I couldn’t do both at the same time so I dropped swim in 2015.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Hard to choose! Either Romeo and Juliet: Juliet’s solo or Swan Lake: Pas de Trois 1st variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
San Francisco Ballet is my dream company!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Performing alongside my sister as the Step Sisters in Cinderella!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Isabella Boylston, Iana Salenko, and Ana Sophia Scheller
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Always be willing to take risks and don’t fear failure!
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Play piano/guitar, listen to music, and watch Netflix