I had the opportunity to ask Ava Ownby some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ava is an excellent 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?
I started recreational combo classes at the age of 4 then moved to a company attached ballet school at the age of 6
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I want to leave this one blank because I’m in the process of switching studios and I haven’t made this information public yet
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 currently wear grishko 2007 and custom wear moi
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
After 2 years at a dance school that had all styles of dance, my mom asked me which one I liked best. I said that I loved ballet so she found a ballet school for me to go to.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Nikiyas death.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for the mariinsky theatre.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment in ballet was when I go my first pointe shoes. They were grishko nova.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Dancers who inspire me are Natalia ospiova and Kristina shapran. I also love Wendy Whelan because she also has scoliosis.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve received from a teacher was when they showed me how to use the proper turnout muscles. This helped change all of my dancing.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love romantic tutus.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I am not dancing I love to have photoshoots and go shopping!