Month: June 2018

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Charlotte Nye

I had the chance recently to ask Charlotte Nye some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charlotte is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is fantastic. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started classical dancing when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing at the Dance Company in Brisbane, Australia, in the Allegro Program.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for around 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear the topaz pointe shoe from Energetics.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother and my brother both danced before me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The wedding variation in Coppelia, act 3 is my favourite variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be the Royal Ballet Company, or the American Ballet Theatre.

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

I couldn’t choose a particular favourite ballet memory, however, it is always special when I make the audience feel something with my dancing.

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

A few of my ballet role models include: Marianela Núñez, Yasmin Naghdi.

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

The best advice I have received from my teachers is to REALLY dance. Once all of the technical sides have come together… you can then lift the eyeline, extend your lines further, and combine it with the artistry and the performance aspect of your dancing, until you can then put your hours of training to the test on stage and have a professional outcome.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

In my free time, I like to make things – all sorts of things! Like cooking recipes or crafts.

Q&A With American Ballerina Karen Ella Chambers

I recently had the opportunity to ask Karen Chambers some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Karen is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and elegance. Her dedication and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

My mom started teaching me about dance when I was only three or four, but I started taking ballet more seriously when I was seven.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I have been at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany for the past three years.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was ten.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Currently I am wearing Russian Pointe, style:Rubin.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I saw a performance of my city’s “The Nutcracker” and from that moment I fell in love with ballet.😊

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s very hard, but I would have to say Giselle’s Act 1 variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is Dutch National Ballet, but I would also love working at American Ballet Theatre or San Francisco Ballet.

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

I have always loved the moments right before a show starts, when everyone is practicing behind the curtains and you can hear the audience talking and getting into their seats. It always makes me even more excited to perform.

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

Maria Kochetkova is one of my favorite dancers. She inspires me because even though she is actually very small, she can take up the whole stage and stand out for audience.

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

One of my very first ballet teachers told me that when I perform, I should always think about dancing for the little girl in the back row. I always think of that when I’m on stage.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic.😊

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

Oh yes, I’m usually hanging out with my friends, reading, or stretching while I watch Netflix😂

Q&A With American Ballerina Olivia Brown

I recently had the chance to ask Olivia Brown some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Olivia is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible, Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Triangle Academy of Dance

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 2.5 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed Wing

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in ballet when I was five because she was influenced by my older cousins that danced.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is a Paquita variation (the really slow one) which I have just started working on for next year.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I really love Houston Ballet but I think that dancing with any company would be a huge accomplishment.

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

One of my favorite memories in ballet was when I danced in Carolina Ballet’s nutcracker a few years ago. It was really cool to dance with professionals and be backstage with them.

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

I really admire Isabella Boylston and Tiler Peck.

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

The best advice I have received is don’t give up when I fall out of something or mess up and to just keep working hard and trying my best at it.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

On my free time I like to hang out and talk to friends and just relax since free time is hard to come by with ballet and school.

Q&A With American Ballerina Emmanuelle Hendrickson

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?

5 years!

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?

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

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Hana Nonaka A

I had the chance recently to ask Hana Nonaka A some questions are her journey as a ballerina. Hana is an amazing dancer, she dances with poise and grace, her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

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Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At The dance company Brisbane @thedancecompanybrisbane

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I first went on pointe when I was 9 but I only did a very minimal amount and gradually I built up my strength

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Energetics; Sapir (equivalent to Russian pointe brand)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum saw a girl walking down the street in a pink tutu and Mum thought it was a Halloween costume but when she commented “I love her costume” the mother said she just came from a ballet and then she entered me to my first ballet class!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I don’t have a favourite but some of my top ones are: 3rd shade, Pas de trois (swan lake), medora variation, kitri act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m still thinking about that since there are so many AMAZING companies out there!

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

I don’t have one! Haha but I will keep working until I get one

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

Marianela Nuñez, May Nagahisa, Bianca Scudamore, Svetlana Zakharova and there are many more but these are my top ones

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

Mmmm that’s hard…. I think it might be “The ballet world is harsh, it’s competitive, at times mean and It causes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But if you keep working when no ones watching you can become something no one thought you could”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

ooooh I think I like the classical tutu

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

I love doing girly things like shopping, experimenting with makeup but I love watching YouTube videos and Netflix and I also enjoy meditation 🧘‍♀️

Q&A With American Ballerina Olivia Dugan

I recently had the chance to ask Olivia Dugan some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Washington Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5-6 year’s

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Pointes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents had me audition for Washington Ballet after I constantly danced around the house and a friend suggested it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love paquita wedding and white swan

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

ABT or san Francisco are dream companies

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

Dancing clara this year in the nutcracker

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

Isabella Boylston, Svetlana Zhakarova, Julie Kent, plus so many more

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

In order to be a good dancer, you must be an even better performer.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Hang with friends, cross train, listen to music idk ahah

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Rose Dalton

I recently had the chance to ask Rose Dalton some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Rose is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise, grace and beauty. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I was 4 years old when I started to learn ballet

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart Germany

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started on pointe when I was 11 and a half, so that’s 5 years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

At the moment I am wearing both Freed of London and Capezio pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet because my neighbour who was a ballerina suggested to my mum to take me to our local ballet school which I ended up being at for 10 years!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

There are so many it’s impossible to choose an overall favourite however I particularly love the White Swan variation from Swan Lake!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would really like to work with the Stuttgart Ballet and I do dream of dancing in Russia one day! However in this extremely tough ballet world I would truly be grateful to begin anywhere!

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

My favourite ballet memory is from earlier this year when I danced in Swan Lake with the Stuttgart Ballet! It was my first professional ballet and it was an amazing challenge, experience and feeling to be a swan!

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

My favourite ballet dancers are Svetlana Zakharova and Marianela Nuñez. I also never get used to watching Friedemann Vogel dance!

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

Probably just to “be yourself” because we are all different and there is something special unique about every dancer. In other words never try to be somebody you are not because that person is already taken!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

I like to spend time with my friends, go for walks and explore new places!

Q&A With American Ballerina Evelyn Robinson

I had the chance to ask Evelyn Robinson some questions about her journey as a ballerina recently. Evelyn is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I first started ballet when I was 3, but I’ve been dancing around the house for as long as I can remember.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I began pointe when I was almost 11, so about 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Suffolk stellars.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My parents put me into ballet because from a very young age I was dancing around the house and completely obsessed with Angelina ballerina.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s hard to choose just one variation because I love watching so many of them but have never danced some of them. My favorite   to watch would be the dying swan in swan lake. And my favorite to dance would probably be Giselle’s  variation in  act I.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for The Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. Of course those are some pretty big dreams, so ABT would be incredible as well.

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

Dancing the grande pas de deux from the Nutcracker for an open audience after it was originally cancelled due to weather is more than I could ever explain in words. The audience was so responsive and almost grateful. As I was dancing I felt like I was in a completely different universe with my partner. The pressure, nerves, and pain from my recently sprained ankle all went away as I felt nothing and everything all at the same time. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, but it’s kind of like everything inside of me was alive, including my passion

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

My favorite ballet dancers are Sarah Lamb, Hee Seo, Maria Kochetkova, Sylvie Guillem, and Ulyana  Lopatkina. Once again it’s so hard to pick just one.

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

Dancers are always working to  try and please other people but you have to learn to do this for yourself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I’m always dancing and working on getting better, but when I’m not I tend to get deprived of movement so I enjoy doing active things… like walking and listening to music, swimming, pilates, hiking, etc.

Q&A With American Ballerina Madeline Colesano

I recently had the chance to ask Madeline Colesano some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Madeline is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise, confidence and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is impeccable. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 7 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mom decided to sign me up for classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is anything from Raymonda.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is ABT.

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

My favorite moment from my previous years dancing is performing as Swanhilda in Coppelia.

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

One of my favorite dancers is Dusty Button.

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

The best advice I have received is to breathe while dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

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

In my free time I like to relax or hang out with my friends.

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Justine Christoff

I recently had the pleasure of asking Justine Christoff some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Justine is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 3 years old but this year is my first year doing the full time program at the school of cadence ballet

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The School Of Cadence Ballet!!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on point for three years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Gaynor Minden point shoes and I absolutely love them😍

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

How I first got involved in ballet is when I first told my mom when I was about 5 years old and I have been discovering a bunch of different dance schools but then I went to the summer intensive at the school of cadence ballet and instantly I fell in love with ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is flames of Paris and Diana and Actaeon because I love to jump on point so much because every time I jump on point I feel like I can really show my love and passion for dance and really express that

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The 2 top companies that I would love to dance for in my profession ballet Career are Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Paris Opera Ballet because I have always been amazed by how these two ballet companies produce their shows and all of the amazing dancers which I want to become like them if I really work hard as a professional dancer

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

My favourite memory is when I went to class and I felt like I really understood what my teacher Ms Courtnae Bowman was talking about and how to have proper technic and alignment and that today forward I can really put my heart and soul in what I do and go further each day

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

Victoria Wardell is one of my inspirations because she is so   breathtaking to watch and her technique is outstanding and you can really tell when she is dancing

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

Best advice that I got from a teacher is from Tyler Angell, “Contemporary isn’t just poses and positions but theirs movement Quality in everything you do “

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both classical and romantic tutus because they both represent what the music is like and how you feel

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

I don’t often have free time to myself but when I do I love to listen to music and just relax because I love to really get in to what the song is about