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.