Month: June 2018

Q&A With American Ballerina Ashley Forche

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ashley Forche some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Ashley is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her dedication and love of ballet is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I took Ballet when I was younger, but I was also really focused on soccer and school through my younger years. I didn’t start pursuing Ballet seriously until around 16 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

This past season I was a trainee with Nashville Ballet in Tennessee.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I always thought ballerinas possessed this other worldly beauty and generosity, and that was something I wanted to cultivate within myself. That’s what drew me to Ballet.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always thought ballerinas possessed this other worldly beauty and generosity, and that was something I wanted to cultivate within myself. That’s what drew me to Ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation has to be the second girl variation from Swan Lake pas de trois.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Honestly it would be a dream to dance with any company, just to get to do this every day is a gift. I love both classical and contemporary work, so ideally I’d love to work in a company with mixed rep.

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

All of the moments I’ve had on stage are really treasured. I’ve made so many amazing friends and had so many inspirational teachers over the years, so I just treasure all of those wonderful moments.

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

Wow there are so many dancers that inspire me. Some favorites include Mollie Sansone, Carla Korbes, Tiler Peck, and Wendy Whelan.

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

The best advice I’ve ever received is to always “do what you think it is” and do so with confidence and conviction (even if you’re wrong).

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

I love to run, hike, and do yoga. I also love to read and write and hang out with my friends and family. I’m an avid foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants and coffee shops!!

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Dayne Patillo

I had the oppotunity recently to ask Dayne Patillo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Dayne is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with grace and poise, her dedication and passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her answers.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I have been dancing since I was 5 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Russian Pointe Entrada Pros, but I also love Freed Classic Pro 90’s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom enrolled my sister and me in classes when we were young.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have a couple of favorite variations since there are so many! Some of my favorites are the Dying Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty, and Medora from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Some of my dream companies include the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballett.

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

My favorite memory from ballet would have to be the time I had the opportunity to perform Dying Swan. I had a blast learning and perfecting the role!

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

Some of my dance role models are Kimberly Thompson, Sara Murawski, Ashley Ellis, and Lauren Lovette to name a few.

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

The best advice I have received is not to set limitations. Your mind is powerful, so use it to reach your goals, not hold yourself back!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

This is a tough one, but I’ll have to go with a romantic tutu.

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

When I’m not dancing I usually go to the gym and work out, but I also love to bake, read, and travel around town.

Q&A With American Ballerina Kerry Shannon

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Seven and half years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Hartt School

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 years on pointe

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko Novaflex

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was taking gymnastics with my sister and I just decided to try ballet instead with my friend.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Coppelia

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t know yet I love Vaganova and also Balanchine.

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

When I received 2nd place in YAGP junior division in Boston this year.  I was so surprised and so happy!

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

Tiler Peck & Isabella Boylston

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

“Dance with your heart”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic

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

Hang out with my friends and my sisters.

Q&A With Israeli Ballerina Amit Ben-Aharon

 

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing ballet when I was about 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Thelma Yellin High School of Arts in Israel.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe since age of 13 (= 7th grade, now I’m in 11th grade)

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko brand pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I loved watching ballet and listening to classical music ever since I can remember myself. My mom really loves ballet and used to play me classical music when I was little, eventually sent me to a ballet class and the rest is history 😊

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s definitely a hard question, one of my most favorite and a variation I currently am working on is the first variation from the pa de trois- swan lake- act 1. Another of my favorite variations would be the wedding variation from sleeping beauty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company have always been the ABT but I would love working for any ballet company 🙂

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

I have to say I love every moment and memories from my ballet experience, even the tough moments. I can’t think of one but I guess my favorite is the moment on stage in-front of the audience. Hearing the applause is definitely the best part.

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

My ballet roles models would be first of all my two amazing ballet teachers. The journey they have been through and the values they built in me inspire me so much and stay with me all the time. Also I find a lot of inspiration from Gisele Beathea, who dances now with the ABT, in my point of view she represents the impossible and how you can reach every goal you have if you only believe and put all of your hard work and devotion in to it.

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

WOW, another hard one hahaha… Well I guess the best advice I was given from my ballet teacher would be to always remember that it’s all in my hands and I can make the change if i only believe. My teacher taught me to always keep going, even if it seems impossible and hard, as well as dealing with criticism, which affects me “in real life” a lot as well.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Oh! I love both so much! But I think I’m gonna stick with classical since it was my biggest dream wearing a really fancy one since I was little! 😅🤗

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

Well I really like to bake, I find it so peaceful and relaxing! I also really like hanging out with friends, especially to go and eat with them in some really fancy restaurants hahahah (dancers are the biggest food lovers!!)

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alessia Spano

I recently had the chance to ask Alessia Spano some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so beautifully. Her passion for ballet is immense. Below are her respones.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Age 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Sorry I can’t give that away

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Energetics encore and Bloch split soles

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom put me in lessons and I have loved it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Kitri act 1 (I do that now)

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

NYC ballet

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

There are way to many to count

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

Lauren from NYC ballet and Michaela de prince

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

Humble self confidence

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

Hang out with friends

Q&A With American Ballerina Olivia Daugherty

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at the age of 4, but started focusing on ballet when I was 12.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at International Ballet School.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Russian Pointe Rubins.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first became very interested in ballet when I watched all of the amazing dancers at YAGP when I was 10.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Esmeralda or any Paquita variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet Company or ABT.

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

My favorite ballet moments are whenever I am able to perform on stage because it reminds me of why I love ballet so much. I get a feeling when I step onto the stage that is unforgettable.

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

My role model is Iana Salenko.

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

The best advice I have received is that your performance quality is just as important as your technique.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love any tutu, but I prefer classical

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

In my free time, I like spending time with friends and family or hiking in the mountains.

Q&A With American Ballerina Carrington Clark

I recently had the opportunity to ask Carrington Clark some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Carrington is an amazing dancer, she dances so elegantly and with tremendous poise and beauty. Her dedication and love for ballet is unmatched.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 8 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Charlotte ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for 8 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian pointe

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I just one day decide I wanted to try out ballet when I was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Nikiya’s Variation from La Bayadere

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Washington ballet

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

My favorite memory in ballet was when I was Clara in the nutcracker, I was sitting on stage the only one there when the curtain went up and to see so many people in the audience made me so happy it gave me a rush of energy it was such an amazing moment.

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

My role models that I inspire to be like are Patricia McBride and Alina Somova

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

The best advice a teacher ever gave me was to trust myself and breathe.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu

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

I love to hang out with my friends and getting sushi. I also love hanging out at my house with my dogs

Q&A With Australian Dancer Erin Bortoluzzi

I recently had the chance to ask Erin Bortoluzzi some questions about her journey as a dancer and more specifically as a ballerina. Erin is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with both poise and energy, her dedication to dance is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet a bit late when I was 11/12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Next Step Performing Arts

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I don’t do much pointe but I first started when I was 13 so 5 years ago

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Energetics pointe shoes 🙂

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Well when I was little around 3 years old I went to a ballet class and didn’t even make it in the door because I was soo scared and shy! But I got into ballet because I really loved the elegance and strength involved and I think I suited it well also

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have no idea!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d love to be a part of The Dream Dance Company! Or a contemporary company possibly overseas in America/Europe

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

yes I do and it’s a pretty funny one 🤣 one night I was having a ballet private for my solo with my teacher and she was really loud and yelling over the music of course and then! This man from across the road in one of the apartments opens the studio door from outside and walks in angry and annoyed because of all the noise and my teacher freaked out!! She screamed and jumped in front of me as if to protect me from the random guy hahaha

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

My ballet role models are Dusty Button, Misty Copeland and  Svetlana Zakharova. In general my other inspirations include Tate McRae, Mitch Wynter, Michael Dameski and Lex Ishimoto

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

When you come into the dance space you come in alone and when you leave you also leave alone. So when you’re dancing it’s not about trying to impress the choreographer or to get chosen as much as you want to, it’s about dancing for yourself and striving to be better and better each time you perform

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I like to watch my favourite TV shows, play games, draw and do things with my friends! Oh and of course eat food!! And Play with my pets and take dance photos in my house and outside

Q&A With Italian Ballerina Camila Mancuso

I recently had the chance to ask Camila Mancuso some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Camila is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her love and passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her answers

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started at 7 years of age

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I start working at the Hungarian National Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

8 years on pointe

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I don’t very know😅I just asked to my mom to do ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Nikija Variation😍

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Everywhere!!!

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

The first time that I danced on stage.

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

Natalia Osipova inspired me a lot because of her artistry

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

Not to be ashamed of my artisticity

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love Netflix! I like to do small workouts while I watch something😂

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Kaylie Connor

I recently had the opportunity to ask Kaylie Connor some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kaylie is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so beautifully with poise and grace. Her love of ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at 2.. then quite for a bit then started again at 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

School of Alberta ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I go between Suffolk solo and block balance European

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My sister did it so then I also did it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Lol Royal Ballet or Australian Ballet (in my dreams)

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

Finishing my solo adjudication performance of Giselle! The variation was a big challenge but the performance was amazing and unforgettable

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

Darcey Bussell 😍 or Sarah Mearns are both so inspiring in different amazing ways

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

Always remember the 3 C’s Calm Cool and Confident ! I get really nervous and stressed so that really helps me

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic tutus and ballets SO much and I usually do them more often, but l love how classical Tutus show off the legs cause that is where the lines are shown

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

I work a lot and am always dancing so spare time isn’t often a thing, but I like to chill and catch up with my parents since I never see them