I recently had the chance to ask Risa Takeshima some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Risa is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her love and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
The Australian Conservatoire of ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
For 12 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
When I was young, I really like to dance, and then I watched ballet video.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Grand pas Classic
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
English National ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
All performances are my great memories.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Akane Takada and Katherine Barkman
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Don’t Forget to “dance”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I prefer classical tutu
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I like to go to cafes and have good coffee or tea.