I recently had the chance to ask Julia Milczanowski some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Julia 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 think when I was 5 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Koltun Ballet Boston
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
4 or 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Right now I’m wearing Gaynor Minden
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first started ballet when I was really young, in preballet. At the time, ballet was more recreational to me than serious and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to take it seriously and train at a more and intense and professional level.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
That’s a tough one, but I really love the Dulcinea variation from Don Q and variations from Sleeping Beauty
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
That’s another tough one… but I would love to train and work in NYC, maybe at ABT or New York City Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memories are always from the summer programs that I attend, and making friends and learning from new teachers. My favorite moment is when I got to perform at Lincoln Center for YAGP Finals in Grande Defile, and meet Isabella Boylston!!!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role models are absolutely my teachers: Alexandra Koltun and Alex Lapshin.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice that I ever received is that you can’t learn the artistry that dance requires. You have to find it in yourself, and for some, that’s the hardest part of dance.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I’m usually doing school work, but I love hanging out with friends and my dogs!