Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Daniela Thorne

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at UNCSA (University of North Carolina School for the Arts) and I love it.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 5 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed Classic Pro 90 (Hearts)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother was a ballet dancer, so she enrolled me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Hard to say, I love Giselle Act 1, but I also love the Odette variation in Act 2 of Swan Lake, and of course Kitri Act 3.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I hate to narrow myself down when I have no idea what the future holds. I admire so many companies, but it really ends depends on what companies are looking for at the time and what will work best for me. Ultimately I want to be in a place that makes me happy so that I keep improving and become the best version of myself as a dancer and a person.

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

I remember performing at the final round at Yagp in 2017 at age 14 at the David Koch theater. The stage was so big and there were over 2 thousand people in the audience and the energy from the crowd was unreal. My whole experience in Lausanne was a huge part of my growth as a dancer and definitely one of my favorite memories as well.

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

I always draw inspiration from watching current dancers such as Marianela Nunez, and of course Gillian Murphy (who I am fortunate enough to call my friend).

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

Always show why you love dance, and most importantly who you are.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical 🙂

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

I LOVE to read and write! Journaling always helps me relax and reading inspires me and takes me somewhere else whenever life gets me a little stressful.

 

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