Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Caitlin Van Driessche

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when i was six, and I started to train professionally when I was about 13.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I just finished my second year as a trainee with Nashville Ballet. And I this summer I am with The Athens Theatre performing in Broadway shows.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 7 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Suffolk, Stellars

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved just by being inspired from older dancers and it became a goal of mine.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably the dying swan.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would absolutely love to be in a Broadway company.

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

My favorite moment from ballet was when I tried on my first pair of pointe shoes.

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

I look up to many professional dancers, but my main inspiration comes from those that i am surrounded by everyday. I find that they push me the most and I learn from them.

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

The beat advice I have ever received is do think one thing at a time. We often get too caught up in what is coming up, that we loose what we are doing in that moment.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

While I find that I dance in a romantic tutu more often, I love the look of a classical tutu.

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

In my free time I spend a lot of it with my family, reading, knitting, or cuddling with my dog.

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