Month: July 2018

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Martelle Cho

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and will commence my training at John Cranko Schule in Germany in September this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About 6ish years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Almaz Energetiks pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Mum had always loved ballet but never had the opportunity to learn it, so she decided to enrol me in a couple of classes at my local ballet school.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I couldn’t pick! I love so many, but one of my favourites is the Black Swan Variation, Odile’s solo.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’d ultimately love Stuttgart Ballet or Royal Ballet, but I would honestly be happy to have the opportunity to dance in any company.

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

Having the opportunity to dance in the Australian Conservatoire International Ballet Gala at The Art Centre in Melbourne with many guest artists such as Vadim Muntagirov, Akane Takada, Benjiman Ella and Joy Womack.

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

I love Marienella Nunez, Akane Takada and Vadim Muntagirov. I love their movement, control, presence, calmness and consistency on stage.

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

Don’t over think the steps and to remember to breathe while dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both are gorgeous.

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

In my free time, I love going out to brunch with friends, walks with my family or I love surfing the net for my other interest; houses, architecture and design!

Q&A With American Ballerina Lauren Zimmermann

I recently had the opportunity to ask Lauren Zimmermann some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Lauren is an excellent dancer, she takes to 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 ballet when I was six, but didn’t start seriously training until I was about 12

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at International Ballet Academy in Kirkland, WA

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Suffolk Spotlights

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mom brought me to my first class and I fell in love with it

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the second Odalisque variation and Gamzatti Temple Variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would absolutely love to dance for Staatsballett Berlin

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

My favorite moment was being at the Royal Ballet School summer programme because the training was amazing and it was so inspiring to be in the studios where so many wonderful dancers trained

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

My ballet role models are Carla Körbes, Marianela Nuñez, and Sarah Lamb

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

The best advice I’ve ever received is to work with my body’s natural ability rather than fight with it and to be more confident in those abilities

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I really like to hike, do yoga, and spend time with my friends when I’m not dancing

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Hannah Lyons

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I did ballet for a short time when I was very little but started again when I was about 12 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently studying BA Modern Ballet at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I previously trained at Valerie Smith Stage School and full-time at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in my hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for around 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetiks Sapphire pointe shoes and have previously worn Bloch and Capezio.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I was taught very early on that classical ballet is the basis of all genres. I was already doing contemporary and jazz classes at my dance school and was very eager to start the eisteddfod competition groups. A requirement to join was that you had to do at least two ballet classes a week, so I signed up and have loved it ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations are Swanhilda Act 3 from Coppelia and Aurora Act 3 from The Sleeping Beauty.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

This is a very hard industry and to work for any company would be such an honour but some of my favourite companies are Scottish Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

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

My favourite ballet memories are performing my classical variation at Sydney Eisteddfod and also performing on the Sydney Opera House stage alongside my closest friends.

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

My biggest inspirations are Lucinda Dunn and Marianela Núñez, because of their artistry and ability to make it look so effortless.

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

A piece of advice that I was told before a performance and have never forgotten was from my teacher, Lucinda Dunn and she said ‘All of the hard work is done, don’t try and out do what you do in the classroom’.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical.

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

I love cooking, travelling, finding other ways to be creative and spending time with my friends and family.

Q&A With Mexican Ballerina Ivana Bueno

I had the opportunity recently to ask Ivana Bueno some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ivana is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 5 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I will join the English National Ballet in August

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

For like about 10 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Freed studios or So Danca

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Because I went to a ballet class and I was doing it as a hobby but after I felt in love with it and I decided I wanted to do that forever

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmeralda😍 or Kitri

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

English National Ballet

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

My graduating end of the year Gala with the Academy Princess Grace

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

Marianela Nuñez and Jurgita Dronina

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

To enjoy every time that you are on stage and always work hard to get want you want

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I like to spend time with my friend or if I am very tired I love to watch tv series

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Molly McCarthy

I had the chance recently to ask Molly McCarthy some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Molly is an incredible ballerina. She graces the stage with incredible elegance and poise, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started classical ballet at the age of 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney Australia

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 6 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Energetic pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was young I used to dance around the house all day, so my parents decided ballet would be a great thing to start

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation would be Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Cupid

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are so many amazing companies but I love to watch Royal Ballet Company and the Australian Ballet Company perform

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

Performing on stage doing the lead role in Nutcracker

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

Mariners Nunez! But also icons like Sylvie, Sarah lamb and Iana Salenko

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

Dance to express not impress

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Love both!

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

I love to do Pilates, yoga, walk, travel to new places and spend time with family and friends.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Amara McHugh

I had the opportunity recently to ask Amara McHugh some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amara is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Around 5. But never really got into it and took it seriously until I was about 13/14.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in Melbourne.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

In pointe for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear energetiks, but have only been wearing them since last November. I used to wear Gaynor Minden previously.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum is a teacher and ex-dancer so naturally she put me in it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

omigod I love them all-so hard to pick. But my favs are: Marguerite and Armand, Juliet (R&J) And the Sylvia variation too. I could go on hahaha

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Love to be in Vienna State ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) or Boston Ballet

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

Not yet really

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

I love Sylvia Guillem. But also Lucia Lacarra, David Hallberg, and Misa Kuranaga

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

“just get back up”. And do it for you, no one else but yourself.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

This is a hard one because I love the romantic era but so many great ballets use a classical tutu. But probably the classical tutu.

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

So many things haha. I cook, hike, and read. Love testing out new recipes and experimenting with new flavours. I also love the science behind nutrition and how it benefits the body. Food is definitely a big passion of mine. Plus I really enjoy love getting outdoors and just exploring.

Q&A With American Ballerina Toni SR

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing as soon as I could walk and enrolled in several different types of movement classes when I was younger. However, I didn’t start taking proper ballet classes until I was about 6 or 7.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Pacific Ballet Academy in California’s Bay Area.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for a little over five years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I alternate between the softer Suffolk Spotlight and the harder, more durable Suffolk Stellar. I darn my Spotlights and I 3/4 the shank of the Stellars.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when I signed up for some tap / ballet classes and decided that I preferred ballet over anything else I could have done.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is either Sleeping Beauty Act III or Grand Pas Classique. Sleeping Beauty is such an elegant ballet and takes a special blend of technique and artistry to pull off. Grand Pas is a sheer test of technique and endurance.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Really anywhere, as long as I keep dancing! I love the Royal Ballet, ABT, as well as Boston Ballet. I had the honor of attending Boston Ballet’s summer intensive last year and am a few days away from starting Royal Ballet’s intensive!

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

My favorite moment in ballet is when you take the first step onto stage during a performance. Nothing beats the feelings of months of preparation, sweat, and hard work that goes into making the show possible. And a pretty tutu doesn’t hurt, either!

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

One of my all-time favorite dancers is Misa Kuranaga, from Boston Ballet. She’s so strong, has gorgeous feet and lines, impeccable technique, and a wonderful quality that makes her such a joy to watch.

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

To let the music guide your movements and to remember that dance isn’t all technique — it’s an artistic sport which means emotion and expression is part of the movement.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

When I am not dancing, I am most likely trying to frantically catch up on my school work. 😉

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Alisa Timofeeva

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 9, which is quite later considering some have been going from 2 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing full time at Queensland National Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started pointe when I was 12 years old, so I have been on pointe for over 3 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I idolised the idea of dancing en pointe, which motivated me to start ballet. Since that day I have been in love with ballet.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variation is Aurora Act III

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love so many companies, especially in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. I probably wouldn’t be able to choose one I would love to work for as there are so many.

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

My absolute favourite memory was going en pointe and going to the dance store to get them. I was so excited and knew that everything that was coming was going to be great.

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

There are so many ballerinas who inspire me including Svetlana Zaharova, Natalia Osipova,Maria Khoreva

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

My best piece of advice would probably be to learn every role and piece, even if you dont think you need to as injuries happen and you want to be the dancer chosen to fill in because you know the roles well 😊

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu 100%

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

I like hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family. Because dancing takes up so much time, I rarely get to spend lots of time with family and friends.

Q&A With American Ballerina Leah McFadden

I recently had the opportunity to ask Leah McFadden some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Leah is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 11 in 2009

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Colorado Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

8 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007’s.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I originally wanted to be a ballroom dancer, but my father told me I should start with some ballet classes. Once I started the classes, I never stopped.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s hard to pick just one variation. I would have to say Giselle act 1, Black Swan act 3, and the turning girl variation from “Who Cares”.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company has always been the Royal Ballet. That’s a pretty far off dream though.

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

There are so many great memories. I’d have to say one of the best was performing at Lincoln Center with Miami City Ballet in 2016.

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

Aline Cojocaru since day 1. She stole my heart the first time I saw the Royal Ballet’s Giselle on DVD. Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland of course. They were my introduction to ballet. Marianela Núñez. She is clean, pure technicality when she dance.

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

No matter if you feel like you don’t fit in because of your aesthetic or because you see someone naturally more gifted, stay confident in yourself always and know that you have your own uniqueness to bring to the dance world. There will always be someone out there looking for a dancer just like you.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic. I love the older ballets.

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

I like to spend as much time as I can with friends and family. I’m a bit of a movie fanatic. I also love trying new restaurants.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Jade Wright

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jade Wright some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jade is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and strength. Her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

11 years ago

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

The Conlan college

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4 Years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Mirella

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always just wanted to get into ballet since i was little

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Esmerelda

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I personally don’t want to work for a company i would rather use my dancing to teach or possibly a physiotherapist for dancers

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

Dance of champions in 2015

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

Dusty Button

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

Stand tall and be proud

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

Draw