I recently had the chacne to ask Emily Coughenour some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Emily is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with real poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 8
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Delaware dance company
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I used to ice skate, and at age 8 all skaters were required to take ballet in addition to skating lessons. As soon as I started taking ballet I realized that I loved it more then skating. I skated for two more years and then switched to ballet when I was 10
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is the Cinderella act 3 variation with choreography by Fredrick Ashton
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company would be American Ballet Théâtre because they do a lot of classical ballets
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory of dance is when I performed my first pas in the nutcracker as snow queen
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I am most inspired by David Hallberg because of the emotion and character that he brings to his performances. I also love watching Svetlana Zakharova.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice that I’ve ever received from a teacher is that you can have the best lines, technique, turns, etc. But it won’t matter to the audience if you don’t use Artistry and dance with your heart
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Romantic tutus 🙂
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I like to watch ballet, and I also like to spend time with my dogs and play guitar