I recently had the chance to ask Jasmine Henry some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jasmine is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at 4 years old, but began full time ballet training at 12.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance full time at Pevnev Ballet Academy.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been dancing en pointe for 5 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Bloch Synergy pointe shoes!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My parents put me into dance classes very young because I loved moving around to music! I started doing all different types of dance (acro, tap, modern ect.) and as I got older I developed a love for classical ballet.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is the Dying Swan because of the connection between the dancer and the music, it is heartbreaking to watch and perform.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would work with any company, as long as I am dancing 🙂 I would love to dance with a Russian company such as Mariinsky or Bolshoi theatre.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite memory from ballet was being accepted into the Vaganova Ballet academy this May! It had been my dream since I was 12! Another of my favourite moments in Ballet was when I was given the opportunity to perform the lead role of Giselle in the production of Giselle at the quarry amphitheatre in Perth. Act 2 has beautiful music and is very emotional 🙂
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role models in ballet are Natalia Osipova, Evgenia Obraztsova and Diana Vishneva!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advise I have ever received in Ballet is to be free when you are dancing, don’t let your thoughts trap the movement!
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to hang out with my family and cook!