Ballet

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Paige Rochester

I had the opportunity recently to ask Paige Rochester some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Paige is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing at the age of 3.  I was learning Ballet, Jazz and contemporary.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance with The Queensland Ballet, in Brisbane Queensland.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en Pointe for 9 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I Currently Bloch pointe shoes in the style heritage.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always wanted to dance, so I asked my parents to take me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

One of my favourite Variations is Esmeralda. I love this variation because it has many challenging aspects and there is plenty of personality.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love dancing where I am currently but another one of my favourite company’s is American Ballet Theatre.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I have many memorable memories from so many ballets. I always have great memories whenever I get to perform in the Nutcracker dancing –  Snowflakes, rats, Spanish, flowers.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

An Artist who really inspires me is Jurgita Dronina. Also a soloist with Queensland Ballet, Neneka Yoshida.

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

It’s all done with smoke and mirrors. Trust in myself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love both styles of tutus. They are quite different to each other, which is very special and crucial in many Ballets.  But I do love how the romantic tutu floats in the air, when I jump.

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time I love to cook and create food. Also I love exploring with my friends. Getting out and about

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