I recently had the chance to ask Claire Crossman some questions about her incredible journeyas a ballerina. Claire is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dance classes when I was 3 but didn’t start to focus on ballet until I was 5
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at International Ballet School in Colorado
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I started pointe when I was 8 years old.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Russian Pointe Sapphires and I love them! I have also worn Grishko 2007, Grishko Fouettés, and Gaynor Mindens.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom put me in dance classes when I was a kid because that’s what every 3 year old does. It was when I moved to International Ballet School when I was 5 that it wasn’t just dance class for me anymore. it was my passion
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation in is Medora’s variation from act 2 of Le Corsaire
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory is when I used to take classes with my older sister. I looked up to her so much and she inspired me to work hard everyday.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Natalia Osipova is my favorite ballerina and she inspires me. Her artistry is what sets her apart and I think that’s super important
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Be the smartest person in the room. No one wants to work with someone who isn’t on the ball
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Ballet is my whole life, but when i find the time, I love to hike and travel. I also play the violin and I love to ski.