Month: June 2018

Q&A With American Ballerina Jackie Sugianto

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jackie Sugianto some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She graces the stage so elegantly, with poise and beauty. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Evelyn Hart Dance Conservatory and Poise Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Suffolk Stellar

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom was a dance teacher and both my sister’s danced.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Swan Lake pas de trois variation 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

No idea yet 😂 (maybe NBOC)

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

Dancing Marie in the NBOC production of the nutcracker

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

Evelyn Hart, Misty Copeland, Marianela Nunez

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

With ballet, the less you have to start off with, the harder you’ll have to work and the better off you’ll be.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic!

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

I love to sing and read. Most of the time just doing hw though. 😂

Q&A With American Ballerina Jordan Kesler

I recently had the pleasure of asking the amazing Jordan Kesler some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. She dances so gracefully and elegantly. She graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her dedication and passion for ballet is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I was 6 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

University of North Carolina School of the Arta

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Almost 10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed Studios

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started jazz and ballet at a competition studio then my parents kind of made me go to just a ballet studio and focus on just ballet haha, but I’m so grateful for that!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love esmerelda, and the prelude varition from Lea Sylphide

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for a company in a big city but other than that I’ve always had my eye on Cinncinati Ballet

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

I was 11 and I had the opportunity to be young aurora at the Kennedy Center with the Mariinsky Ballet. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this. I loved the feeling.

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

I love Isabella Boylston she’s so kind, beautiful, and she never makes dance seem like her job she’s always made it look so fun.

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

Stay in the mood before performance, don’t let anyone distract you from you doing you.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical, although I’ve had some gorgeous romantic tutus.

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

I love to go out to eat, hang out with my best friends and take pictures

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Portia Hassos

I recently had the opporunity to ask Portia Hassos some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise, grace and beauty. Her dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her answers

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the end of 2016

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Angus and Lucinda’s Academy dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for a year and a half

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch, European balance

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

A few people told me a should try ballet so through watching YouTube videos I got so inspired and found a local ballet studio and began dancing

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is lilac fairy

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is the Paris Opera Ballet

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

My favourite memory was this years Soirée performance in the Southern Highlands.

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

Marianela Nunez, Patrick Dupond and Aurelie Dupont.

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

To be a dancer doesn’t mean have high legs or amazing pirouettes it’s about actually dancing and performing at the fullest.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic Tutu

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

In my free time I love reading, playing any sports and being with family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Dancer Grace Wheller

I recently had the opportunity to ask Grace Wheller some questions about her expereience as a dancer and more specifically as a ballet dancer. She is incredibly passionate and dedicated to dance. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet when I was around 10 but I had been dancing other styles since I was about 5.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Michelle Rae School of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I think I have been en pointe for about 4-5 years (but I don’t do a lot of it haha)

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

My pointe shoes at the moment are the Bloch Heritage Pointe shoes (I love them)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in Ballet at my studio, I really wanted to do more classes and I saw everyone else really enjoying ballet so I thought I would give it a go too.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I don’t have a particular favourite variation as I don’t do a whole lot of Ballet

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There isn’t a specific ballet company I would love to work for but there’s a lot of things I would love to do as a jazz dancer.

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

My favourite memory in Ballet is probably dancing on stage with my cousin. It was one of my first times doing pointe on stage and we had some really challenging turns but it was lots of fun.

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

I think my teachers are my biggest role models as I’ve learnt so much from them

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

I can’t think of one specific piece of advice that a teacher has given me. I like to take all of the little things that all of my teachers have given me. Probably just to trust yourself and your journey and don’t compare yourself to anyone else

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical to wear but I love looking at romantic on stage

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

When I’m not dancing I love to just hang out with my friends, be outdoors walking and swimming and adventuring mainly.

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Q&A With American Ballerina Isabel Pulido

I recently asked Isabel Pulido some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Isabel is an amazing dancer, she dances so elegantly and with poise. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

At age 5,

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Artistic Motion School Of Arts,

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Mindens

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom started me because she never got to take it herself

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Lilac Fairy

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Bolshoi/Mariinsky

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

Performing Sleeping Beauty

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

Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Olga Sminova, Maria Kochetkova, Marianela Nunez, Evgenia Obraztova, Uylana Loptakina, and Natalia Osipova,

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

Work smart, not hard

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

Watch professionals, go on walks, and be with my friends. And occasional I’ll draw

Q&A With American Ballerina Claire Hoover

I recently had the opportunity to ask Claire Hoover some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a wonderful dancer, she graces the stage elegantly and with poise. Her dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

BalletMet Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Barely three years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freeds

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first took tap to better my soccer skills, and it snowballed from there 🙂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Madora

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

New York City Ballet

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

Being asked to be a trainee on scholarship this coming year as just a junior in high school! I feel honored. also, being Clara in the nutcracker my very first year at BalletMet (I was previously in competition dance)

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

Isabella Boylston, Sophie Miklosovik, and Adrienne Benz

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

Give 100% and don’t expect perfection.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to cook and also academics so like finding out a whole bunch of random information and solving rubix cubes

Q&A With American Ballerina Julia Tegtmeier

I recently had the pleasure of asking Julia Tegtmeier some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her passion for ballet is immense and she is incredibly dedicated. Below are her answers

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The School of Delaware Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I first went on pointe at age 10 so around 5 years almost 6

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed Classic Pros usually the castle or v maker

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister began dance when she was 3 so when i reached the age my parents put me straight into ballet. I have been in love ever since, working to be my very best all of the time.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation would have the be the Diana and Acteon variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be Pacific Northwest Ballet as I love the Balanchine technique they embody

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

My favorite memory or moment of ballet would have to be when performing as Sugar Plum Fairy in my company’s last production of the nutcracker. In the last dip and while going through my bows just knowing that the stage is where I belonged. That feeling has stuck with me every time i’ve stepped on stage ever since 🙂

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

Tiler Peck and Ashley Bouder are definitely two dancers that I look up to the most. They are absolutely beautiful inside and out, and have that little something that makes me push even harder to reach my highest potential every time I see them perform.

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

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten from a teacher is to feel not think. I’m sure I’m the only one that gets nervous on stage, but every time I am I just feel all of my muscles as they know what they need to do to give me my best performance. Without that advice, many of my best performances could have been hurt by overthinking.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love a romantic tutu as it flows with movement yet also shows all of the beautiful lines a dancer makes.

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

When I’m not dancing I love spending time with my friends, baking, and taking pictures!!

Q&A With American Ballerina Reynu Wood

I recently had the chance to ask Reynu Wood some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an incredible dancer. She graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2, but I started to train seriously when I was about 8

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Cary Ballet Conservatory

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet when my mom put me in a class at the age of two

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Kitri Act 1 (the fast one)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for ABT, but I know I’ll be lucky to even get into a company

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

My favorite memory in ballet would probably be dancing Clara in the Nutcracker

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

Evgenia Obraztsova and Maria Kotchetkova inspire me because they are both amazing Russian trained dancers, are short, and worked really really hard to get to where they are now.

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

The best advice I have received from a teacher was to be in the moment, my teacher had told me this before I went on stage for YAGP. The best correction I have ever received was “calves facing each other” to engage my turnout. I now have a better understanding of how to utilize my turnout because of this correction and saying my teacher tells me.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both classical and romantic tutus. I like classical tutus a little more because they help make your lines.

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

When I am not dancing I love hanging out with my friends and family.

Q&A With American ballerina Jonelle Torchia

I recently had the chance to ask Jonelle Torchia some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She graces the stage with pure elegance, beauty and joy. Her dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her results.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Classical Dance Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 5 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Capezio développé

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in because my older sister danced.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love the Lilac Fairy variation from Sleeping Beauty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for ABT, but honestly as long as I’m dancing I’d be happy.

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

When I performed Clara in The Nutcracker. It was my first big role and I loved being able to tell a story.

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

Clara Blanco & Stella Abrera.

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

Leave your troubles at the door & just dance.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I like going to the beach, spending time with friends/family, doing my nails and playing with makeup.

Q&A With American Ballerina Serena Reed

I recently had the pleasure of asking Serena Reed some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. She graces the stage with poise and beauty, her dedication and passion to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I train at the Kirov Academy of Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko Novas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I had a lot of energy as a child, so my parents thought ballet would be a good way for me to get some exercise and learn discipline.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is 3rd shade from La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is Dutch National Ballet, they have such an amazing and diverse repertoire

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

Getting to perform with the Mariinsky this past October was such an amazing experience. It was so incredible to get to see the behind the scenes action as well as to watch such phenomenal dancers

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

Melissa Chapski from Dutch National Ballet is definitely an inspiration to me. Her hometown is very close to mine and I really admire how hard she has worked to achieve her goals. Also Ulyana Lopatkina is an inspiration because she has such amazing artistry and movement quality.

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

The best advice I’ve gotten is to really apply yourself in every class. Don’t just go through the motions, think about your corrections every day and you will improve.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Probably a romantic tutu.

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

I love spending time outdoors doing activities like camping or hiking with my family and friends.