I recently had the chance to ask Alexandria Heath some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Alexandria is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with elegance and poise. Her dedication and passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her answers
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 2 years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Ballet Etudes in Gilbert, Arizona.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 5 years now. I got my pointe shoes when I was 9.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I am currently wearing Russian Pointe Rubins, although from time to time I wear Freed Studios.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom was actually a dancer when she was younger and when I was born her current occupation was a ballet instructor. So, she got me interested and I started taking classes.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Right now my favorite variation is Sleeping Beauty Act 2, but I also love the variation from Balanchine’s Diamonds and the black swan variation from Swan Lake.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
The ideal company that I would love to work for would be New York City Ballet, but it would also be a dream to work for The Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory in ballet was being the role of Cinderella in my studios production. Every moment of it was magical. I got to do beautiful pas de deux’s and variations and show such emotion, it helped improve my dancing and grow my love for ballet. It is something that I will cherish forever.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models are Marianela Núñez, Natalia Osipova, Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, and Svetlana Zakharova.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have received from a teacher is “hope is not a strategy.” You have to work hard for what you want, and truly go for it.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both classical and romantic tutus. The classical one is so clean, clear and pretty, and the romantic tutu flows beautifully. However, I prefer dancing in a classical tutu.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to bake, hang out with friends and family, swim, and of course dance more on my free time.