I had the chance recently to ask Basia Rhoden some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Basia is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage wtih poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I began dancing, along with gymnastics and other sports, at age 2.5. I began focusing primarily in ballet training at age 9.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Master Ballet Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Around 4 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My pediatrician recommended dance and gymnastics as physical therapy for minor leg misalignment, instead of leg braces
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Ugh, so many to choose from, it is so hard to pick just one. For me personally, I’d say Odile variation, because it is fun and challenging to work on the expressive port de bra.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
There are so many amazing companies, each with admirable traits. I couldn’t possibly narrow it down.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
A memorable moment in my ballet career so far happened pretty recently. Performing on the Lincoln Center stage for YAGP Finals (and it being my first time in New York City) was a dream come true. And I was honored to be placed as the female senior bronze medalist. So grateful for that time.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I constantly find inspiration in professional dancers, mentors, and my own peers. Specifically, a few role models who I look up to are Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Kochetkova, and Polina Semionova.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Hard work and self confidence are important in a successful performance, but also remember to be gracious and to show humility. (But if we’re referring to technique, my never ending corrections are to put my shoulders back and turn out my legs more).
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical (I call it a pancake tutu, lol!)
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love watching movies, playing card or dice games, and overall spending time with my family.