I recently had the chance to ask Mary Agnes Sistino some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Mary is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was about three, but I actually started training when i was 7.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Hinsdale Dance Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for over a year now
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear gaynor minden pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved with ballet when my older sister was taking ballet classes, and I just fell in love watching it so I begged my mom to put me in class
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite varation is the lilac fairy from sleeping beauty
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Atlanta Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
One of my favorite earlier memories in ballet was when I was younger my sister and I would dance to the nutcracker for our parents ever Christmas. Also when I got my first pair of pointe shoes.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Misty Copeland inspires me also Shelby Willams because they both embrace their differences and how ballet requires hard work
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I received from a teacher was to work hard. He said that that simple statement could take me really far not only in ballet but in life.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Definitely classic tutus!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I’m usually spending time with family or friends, but other activities I do is like to do yoga,tennis and I love to run.