Month: July 2018

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Abby Morgan

I recently had the chance to ask Abby Morgan some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Abby is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is remarkable. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 but it was just a hobby for me until I was 12 then i realised I wanted to hopefully make a career out of it one day

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Royal Ballet School in London but before I moved to London I danced at Classical Coaching Australia, in Brisbane Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I went en pointe when I was 12.5 so 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I switch between Energetiks and Freed of London

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was younger I was very clumsy so my mum put me in ballet to help to try and improve my clumsiness but it didn’t really help, I’m still clumsy! 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many variations that I love so one of my favourite is Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would honestly be over the moon to work with any company, as long as I’m dancing I am happy

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

My favourite ballet memory is when I found out I got into the Prix de Lausanne competition as it was always a dream for me.

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

Marianela Nunez inspires me and also Alina Cojocaru

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

There was a teacher that didn’t teach me for very long but she was an ex dancer in Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Ballet and she told me to never say no and although that may not make a whole lot of sense to everyone I understood what she was saying and will remember that for as long as I am dancing

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Probably Classical

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

I like to be with my friends and go shopping or just relax

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Tahlia Buckley

I had the opportunity recently to ask Tahlia Buckley some questions are recently about her journey as a ballerina. Tahlia is an excellent dancer, her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Annette Roselli Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

2 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Heritage

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My Mum thought that I would look cute in a little tutu so she put me to Ballet class and I have kept going with it ever since

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La fille mal gardee

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Dutch National or Royal Ballet

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

Probably my first day of full time because, I was able to do what I love everyday

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

Mariners Nunez or Jane divine

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

Don’t waste time go in there and get the job done 😂

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

In my free time I love to watch gossip girl and go shopping with friends

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Tianna Koolloos

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 3.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently am studying at The Conlan College in Sydney Australia soon to be moving to Chicago go study at the Joffrey Academy full time

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe since the age of 10 so I’ve been on pointe for 6 years. But many ups and downs while on pointe due to bone stress in the second metatarsal that prevented me from going on pointe for half a year

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing Repetto pointe shoes, I love them definitely my favourite pointe shoe atm

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet at the age of 3 because I was always dancing around the house so Mum thought it would be a good idea to put me in ballet and here we are today!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

finding a favourite variation is hard because I love them all but I really enjoyed the soft more quiet variations that show feeling.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Joffrey Chicago as they have a diverse repertoire. The company members are amazing as well! But there are so many company’s out there in the world that are doing so amazing works at the moment

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

I have so many amazing ballet moments and memories but definitely being taught by some of the worlds best teachers and choreographers is a highlight and anytime I get to dance on stage is a pretty magical and memorable.

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

I have again many ballet role models but someone who I look up to and is an amazing mentor to me is Dusty Button. She has taught me so much and how to dance and step out of your comfort zone. I love how she doesn’t change who she is the fit into this so called “ballet world” she is who she is and I truly look up to that. She is a humble and genuine person and she Is lovely to be around. I’m so thankful to have met her and for her guidance into this crazy ballet world.

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

One of the best advice I have been given by a teacher is to breathe and believe. We all go through those stage in life where you don’t believe in yourself and having this person right beside me along the way to help me through all the rough patches really meant a lot

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I love to hang with friends and family when I’m not dancing. It’s so nice to just unwind and do something not related to dance. But I really like sleeping in my free time. Hahaha

Q&A With American Ballerina Emily Rice

I recently had the chance to ask Emily Rice some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Emily is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started doing some recreational classes a few times a week classes when I was 12 and started my ballet training when I was 13.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Last year I danced at Nutmeg Conservatory and this fall I will be starting Ballet Chicago.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko Novas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I really just wanted to have some fun and gain some coordination. I could have never guessed it would have evolved into such a passion.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Nikiya’s Death

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Honestly, any company. My ultimate dream/favorite company is Netherlands Dance Theater. I also love Oregon Ballet Theatre and Spectrum Dance Theater.

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

My favorite memory was definitely the first time I performed on stage. I felt so empowered to have everyone’s attention. I absolutely loved the feeling of being on stage with the exuberant energy of my classmates, the stimulation of the music, and the soft heat of the stage lights. Knowing that I was doing something that others were watching and possibly enjoying was incredible to me.

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

My favorite ballerina has to be Maria Kowroski. She has such a captivating and elegant approach to movement. Another role model is Michaela DePrince. Her dancing is so ferocious, while still being sensitive and intricate.

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

The art of Dance comes from the passion within, so don’t try to be a carbon copy of someone else. We each possess something completely unique and once we honor our special gifts, passion will lead us to dance in our most authentic form. On a more technical level, a teacher once told me that the secret to feeling completed rooted and on my leg was to: 1) feel entire the foot on the ground and imagine it melting into the floor to find maximize stability. 2) Value Plié! The first thing you should find in class/warmup is plié. Think of making each demi plié larger.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love a good romantic tutu!

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

I love to spending time laughing and having fun with my family and friends. I also like to play my ukulele, ride my bike, or read a good book.

Q&A With Albanian Contortionist Manushaqe Mücke (Manuelle)

I recently had the chance to ask Manushaqe Mücke some questions about her incredible journey as one of the world’s best contortionists. Manushaqe can do some incredible poses and moves such as the marinelli bend. She is one of the only contortionists in the world to shoot a bow and arrow with her feet while holding the marinelli bend. Her passion and love for contortion is phenomenal. She has had opportunities to appear on numerous TV shows showcasing her amazing skills.

Website: Manuelle-Contortion

How long have done contortion for?

I start the Circus School in Albania when I was 11 years old, With Contortion I start at 14 something like this but I was very flexible before.

How did you start contortion?

I started for fun and with time it became something that I love to do and I’m never tired working contortion and having fun.

How often do you train and for how long?

I train everyday 2 or 3 hour per day

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

I have many favourite move, they are all favourite hahaha

What has been your best contortion experience?

The best contortion experience was Las Vegas

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

Oh, I have many dreams we will see what comes I’m working in some new contortion move and a new act.

Q&A With American Ballerina Aubree Recker

I had the chance recently to ask Aubree Recker some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Aubree is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started Ballet when i was nine years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am a trainee with Cincinnati Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Bloch Europeans

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom thought that Ballet would be a good way to let out my energy.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The variation from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many I love! My top three are American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet West.

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

Performing Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet

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

Devon Teuscher from ABT and Lesley Rausch from PNB

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

Turn out from the heart- Zippora Karz

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I like to hang out with my family and friends, and explore Cincinnati

Q&A With American Ballerina Evelyn Borden

I had the opportunity recently to ask Evelyn Borden some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Evelyn is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is incredible, below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started a dancing class before I turned 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I train at the Art of Classical Ballet under the direction of Magaly Suarez. She is such an amazing and wise world renowned teacher! All the teachers there are so helpful and amazing!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe at 10 years old. So 6 years of pointe.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Grishko 2007 pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My grandfather was a professional dancer and worked on Broadway in a movie. He and his twin brother were a tap dance and singing act called, “The Blackburn Twins”. He always told us that we needed “good ballet classes and a good ballet school”.  When I started pointe, I fell in love with ballet and started to understand what he meant. I had a great teacher named Viky Smith and she helped me believe in myself. She told me that I had the potential for ballet and coached me more. I added more Ballet classes and wanted even more. My studio at the time gave me a love and passion for all forms of dance, then I left to train at a ballet school focused mostly on technique and unique concert contemporary.  I fell in love even more with ballet technique and learned so much.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variations are Queen of the Dryads from Don Quixote and Raymonda Clap variation.  I’ve done both for competitions and it was an honor and dream to study them. Both are strong and elegant variations.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Ballet West or Pacific Northwest Ballet. I admire tall, strong and beautiful dancers in those companies. I am a tall ballerina and it’s important to find your people to look up to!I am obsessed with the contemporary work at PNB. Contemporary choreographer, Crystal Pite, works with the company and it’s a major dream of mine to dance in one of her pieces.

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

My favorite memory and moment in ballet is my very first class with Olivier Pardina when I was 11 years old. I knew what ballet really was supposed to be when I took class from him.  He is world renowned and is one of the greatest teachers I have ever met. His love and passion for ballet comes out in his teaching. I understood the beauty of ballet through him. He teaches all over the world and I am so happy to always have time to have him for class. I learn so much and my face is sore from smiling in his class as much as my muscles are sore from the hard work.

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

My main ballet role models are my teachers. Magaly Suarez is a major role model. She is beautiful when she demonstrates. She is tough but also loves her students so much. I want to be like her when I grow up. As far as current professional dancers, I’d say Allison DeBona of Ballet West.  She is beautiful when she dances, intelligent and teaches. She is my height. It’s important to find the dancers to see as a guide for movement quality. I hope to meet her some day!

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

Best advice from a teacher is difficult to say. When you have excellent teachers, every day you get great advice. There’s always something that is memorable!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical! Show the legs!

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

In my free time, I love to cook and I also love to choreograph. I want to share meaningful contemporary dance with a message. My last piece was about social media and the challenges teens face. This was part of a school project and I recruited my sister, Erica Borden, for the piece.

Q&A With American Ballerina Caroline Vanderloo

I recently had the chance to ask Caroline Vanderloo some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Caroline is a fantastic dancer. She graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and love for ballet is excellent. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when i was 3 but started seriously when I was 11

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Anna Marie Dance Studio but over the summer I train at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about a year

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear russian pointe rubins

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My grandmother enrolled me in classes hoping it would end my clumsiness

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Kitri act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company would be ABG

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

My favorite moment would be learning/ performing the battle scene in The Nutcracker as Clara

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

Two of my role models would be Michaela Deprince and Ashley Bouder.

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

My best advice would probably be to not get frustrated when you’re struggling to master a skill. sometimes you just need to step back, work on something else, and then come back to it

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

In my free time i enjoy reading, playing board games with my family, and spending time with friends

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Q&A With American Ballerina Nadia Foster

I recently had the chance to ask Nadia Foster some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Nadia is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The school of Pennsylvania ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Almost 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed classic pro 90’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister did ballet so I asked to too!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

That’s tough but I love Sylvia, kitri is a close second

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Pennsylvania ballet

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

Dance at the academy of music for the first time, I cried onstage, it’s just an incredible experience

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

Isabella Boylston, tiler peck, Natalie ospiova, Alex hughes, and many other pa ballet dancers

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

To truly just let go and dance for yourself, you have to be -happy and comfortable before you can portray that to the audience

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical all the way

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

I love to knit, read and ride my bike.

Q&A With Russian Contortionist Yana Blotskaya

I recently had the chance to ask Yana Blotskaya some questions about her amazing journey as a contortionist. Yana previously spent many years as a Rhythmic gymnast where her incredible flexibility was unearthed. Recently Yana has focused her time on one of her passion Contortion. Her main inspirations are Jordan McKnight and Alexey Goloborodko. Her flexibility is incredible and the skies the limit for Yana. Horse riding and Rap music are some of Yana’s other hobbies. Below are her responses.

How long have done contortion for?

I’ve done contortion since I was 11 y.o.

How did you start contortion?

I started contortion because my friends do it

How often do you train and for how long?

I train every day.2-3 hours

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

I haven’t got favorite trick

What has been your best contortion experience?

My best contortion experiences happen when I train in the kid grounds

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

My goal is do contortion as long as possible, get a lot of followers, become famous and do my own rap songs