Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Claire Crossman

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?

Bolshoi Ballet

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?

Classical 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.

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