Month: June 2018

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Chloe Beckinsale

I recently had the chance to ask Chloe Beckinsale some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with poise and strength. Her dedication and passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I’m 18 years old, I started dancing at the age of 4 and I started full time ballet training at the age of 14!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance in the Elite full time program at Melbourne City Ballet in Australia, and I’m doing summer school at Oklahoma City Ballet in the USA this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went on pointe at the age of 12, so 6 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

For a while now I have been wearing Brava by Energetiks!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I couldn’t be kept still as a child so I was put in dance classes, and from there my love just grew but I specifically loved the whole concept of ballet, not ever being able to be perfect and always finding something to do better! I love being able to tell a story through movements and using my body.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

To perform, I love dancing one of the Raymonda act 3 variations. However I love watching the aurora wedding solo, kitri variation and giselle act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My ultimate goal is New York City Ballet! However companies that I would love to be in are Oklahoma City Ballet, Anaheim Ballet, Pacific North West Ballet or Boston Ballet.

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

I think being accepted in to summer school has been my favourite memory  so far, it felt really great to read that letter.

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

Just like everyone, I adore Zhakarova, however my favourite Australian dancers are Benedicte Bemet from the Australian ballet and Ariana Hond, Emma Cheeseman, Isabella Gemmel-Morgan and Danielle Whitfort from Melbourne City Ballet Company. I really love being at a school attached to a company because I’m surrounded by so many amazing dancers who I can watch and follow in the footsteps of.

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

To always stay positive, no matter the situation. And to ALWAYS be and stay humble.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic tutus.

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

I love baking, reading and skincare and makeup.

Q&A With American Ballerina Amelia McGravey

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was six years old, but I started training intensely when I was 11.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the Rock School For Dance Education.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for four years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet when I was really young. I tried so many sports and activities, but I was most excited to go to dance. I started to fall in love with ballet, and I took more ballet classes than any other styles.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Walpurgisnacht.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Personally, I am eager to get into any company available to me, as long as I get to dance. However, I did love Boston and San Francisco Ballet.

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

My favorite ballet memory was performing Abby (Clara) in the nutcracker. It was such an amazing experience and I realized how much I loved performing.

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

One of my biggest inspirations is Michaela DePrince. It is so inspiring how she overcame so much to follow her dreams.

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

The best advice I ever received was to have confidence in myself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love the look of classical tutus and how beautifully the fabric lays.

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

When I’m not dancing, I love reading, writing, and watching Netflix.

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Breanna Ianiero

I had the pleasure recently to ask Breanna Ianiero some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Breanna is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with real poise and beauty. Her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started ballet when I was 5 at my local dance studio

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I just graduated from the dance program at George Brown College in Toronto

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 11, so it’s been 11 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed Studio’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom signed me up not sure if I was going to like it but it quickly became my favourite

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is probably Gamzatti’s variation from La Bayadere. I love all the jumps and turns

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would probably be the Royal Ballet in London

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

I think my favourite memory was performing at YAGP for the first time a few years ago in Boston

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

My ballet role models are Marianela Nunez and Misty Copeland. There’s so many more but these two really stand out to me

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

My teacher believed in me when even I didn’t. He pushed me harder than I thought I could go and I ended up gaining confidence and I learned so many things. It’s hard to narrow down to just one thing. He taught me to dance with power and strength.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical all the way

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

I love singing/playing guitar, hanging out with friends, and Netflix of course

 

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Anna Cooper

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was three years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Art Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe Bravas and I absolutely love them! I’ve never had a single blister!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet because my older sister was in ballet and I could not wait until I turned three so I could dance as well!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation to watch is Giselle, but my favorite variation to perform is Coppelia!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love to follow may companies right now and don’t think I can narrow it down to just one! Some of my current favorites are: New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

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

I have many great ballet memories, but my favorite is when I got to perform the role of Clara with my studio!

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

There are so many amazing dancers out there, but I think my all time favorite is Alina Somova.

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

My teachers are all so good and give such helpful advice. I think one of the best for me is not only to just work hard, but also to work smart. There are so many things to think about for each and every move in ballet!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I actually love them both equally!!

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

When I’m not dancing, I love to cook, bake, craft, and swim!

Q&A With American Ballerina Gabi Lukasik

I recently had the pleasure of asking Gabi Lukasik some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Gabi is an incredible ballerina, she dances with poise and elegantly, she graces the stage so beautifully. Her dedication and passion for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of three.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Colorado Ballet, as a member of their Pre-Professional Division.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about five and a half years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger, I loved watching Angelina Ballerina. I decided that I wanted to be a ballerina just like her, and begged my parents to enroll me in ballet classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s so hard to choose! Some of my favorites are Kitri Act 1, Odette’s variation, Aurora’s Birthday variation, Coppelia Act 3, and Grand Pas Classique.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Tulsa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Royal Ballet… I have so many dream companies, but as long as I get to do what I love everyday, I’m not too picky!

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

My favorite memory in ballet would have to be performing Grand Pas Classique at World Ballet Competition last summer. It was the first time that I went onstage hoping simply to enjoy myself and make the audience happy, and it ended up being the best time I had ever danced that variation. I cried tears of joy after; it was so liberating and amazing to dance with the intent of enjoying every second, rather than freaking out about performing.

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

Some of my favorite ballerinas are Maria Mosina, Marianela Nuñez, Iana Salenko, Misa Kuranaga, and more!

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

The best advice I have received from a teacher is that, when you go onstage, you have nothing to prove. You only have your passion and joy to share with the audience. This has helped me immensely because, as are most dancers, I am a perfectionist and get so caught up in the little things during a performance.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both, but I would rather wear a classical tutu. It makes me feel like a real ballerina!

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

I don’t get a lot of time off, but when I do, I like to read, watch movies, go hiking, go shopping, and spend time with my friends and family.

Q&A With American Ballerina Jade McAnally

I had the opportunity recently to ask Jade McAnally some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Jade is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with real poise and beauty. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Ballet Arizona

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freeds (5 XX or 5.5 X)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My first real experience with classical ballet was at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet during the august course,

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love all Balanchine variations but I really enjoy the Sylvia variation,

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Any agma company would be nice, or anywhere overseas!

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

One of my favorite memories would have to be dancing Balanchine’s valse fantasie or serenade

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

All the NYCB principals but specifically tiler peck or sara! or isabella boyleston!

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

Always work for yourself, and as soon as you stop enjoying the work, you should probably quit ballet and do something easier,

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical all the way, they’re everything a ballerina dreams of wearing,

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

I love everything outdoors, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and just chilling with friends!

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Sophia Zonni

I recently had the opportunity to ask Sophia Zonni some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sophia is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage so beautifully with phenomenal technique, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started creative dance when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Currently dance at Ellison ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Started pointe at 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Gaynor Mindens and was picked as an official GM girl for 2017/18

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started taking more ballet at 7/8

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I like Giselle, Kitri, odette, grand pas classique

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Would love to work for the Mariinsky ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris opera or ABT

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

My first YAGP

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

My favorite ballerinas are Svetlana Zakharova, Joy Womack and Natalia Osipova

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

it’s about quality and not quantity

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I try to play the violin and knit, I also love cooking and I hit the gym to cross train, Then lots of homework too.  You need to be an educated ballerina 😂😂 I’m also from Toronto Canada so I also hang out with my friends from the city and just be a kid.

Q&A WIth Australian Ballerina Chloe Jackson

I recently had the chance to ask Chloe Jackson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chloe is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage so elegantly and with real poise. Her dedication and love for ballet is immense. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Elmhurst school of dance + the royal ballet school white lodge

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Since the age of 10

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch serenade

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got into ballet through my family being ex performers themselves

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Raymonda act 3 or The sugar plum fairy variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The Queensland Ballet or Houston Ballet

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

When I could perform at The Royal Opera House

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

Marianela Nunez and Amber Scott

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

The harder I work, the luckier I get

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Visiting family

Q&A With Canadian Ballerina Olivia Jaymes Runquist

I recently had the pleasure of asking Olivia Jaymes Runquist some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Olivia is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and passion for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Edge Studios. @edgestudiosyyc

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Freed pointe shoes. My favourite maker is crown.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister used to dance so I wanted to dance. I first got seriously into my ballet training only a few years ago with guidance from my current teacher.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is either Kitri Act 1 or Dulcinea.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Francisco Ballet or American Ballet Theatre

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

I dont really have a favourite memory but every class I love to do plies because every time I do them I fall in love with ballet again!

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

Some dancers that inspire me are Misty Copeland, Marianela Núñez, and Dusty Button. I love the way they all dance in their own individual ways!

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

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to always pretend like you have an audience in front of you. I think my expression when dancing has improved since I’ve been applying that.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutus are my favourite.

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

I like to spend time with my friends and family, play with my puppies, or go to the gym to strengthen. I also like to bake and of course sometimes watch my favourite shows on Netflix!

Q&A With British Ballerina Evie Isabel Glazier

I had the opportunity to ask Evie Glazier some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is incredibly dedicated and passionate about ballerina. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 10 but I have been dancing since I was 3, I started taking ballet seriously around when I was 12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at a Dance school in the UK

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe since November 2015 so coming up to 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I have always worn Grishko 2005s I absolutely love how they can bend without dying quickly and they fit my feet beautifully!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet as I had always been a gymnast but had to stop and so I chose to start ballet because it was something I had always admired watching. I’m so happy I found it!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations are Swanhilda, Summer Fairy and Carmen because they are all so different!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for English National Ballet as I think the dancers all are so inspiring, and they put on such amazing productions, I also love Northern Ballet and the Royal Ballet and many other European companies!

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

My favourite memory would definitely be from last summer I spent at Birmingham Royal Ballet Summer School! The girls I met were so amazing and kind, I met lots of dancers from different countries. My favourite moment would be from the party on the last night of the summer school

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

My ballet role models would be Marianela Nùnéz as she has so much expression into her dancing, also Yasmine Naghdi as she lights up when she dances and is beautiful to watch

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

The best advice is when my teacher tells me to not give up on myself after a bad day and remind me of my potential, it is encouraging to have people who believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I absolutely adore wearing both! But the Romantic tutus are so flowy and gorgeous against a ballerina’s lines, so I would have to say that!

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

When I am not dancing I obviously love meeting up with my friends, but I also love sports and going on runs and cycling in the evening. I also love being able to spend time with my family and baby cousins as they are so lovely and supportive!