Q&A With Australian Ballerina Paige Rochester
I had the opportunity recently to ask Paige Rochester some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Paige is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at the age of 3. I was learning Ballet, Jazz and contemporary.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance with The Queensland Ballet, in Brisbane Queensland.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been dancing en Pointe for 9 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I Currently Bloch pointe shoes in the style heritage.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I always wanted to dance, so I asked my parents to take me.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
One of my favourite Variations is Esmeralda. I love this variation because it has many challenging aspects and there is plenty of personality.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I love dancing where I am currently but another one of my favourite company’s is American Ballet Theatre.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have many memorable memories from so many ballets. I always have great memories whenever I get to perform in the Nutcracker dancing – Snowflakes, rats, Spanish, flowers.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
An Artist who really inspires me is Jurgita Dronina. Also a soloist with Queensland Ballet, Neneka Yoshida.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
It’s all done with smoke and mirrors. Trust in myself.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both styles of tutus. They are quite different to each other, which is very special and crucial in many Ballets. But I do love how the romantic tutu floats in the air, when I jump.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I love to cook and create food. Also I love exploring with my friends. Getting out and about