I had the chance recently to ask Callie Rector some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Callie is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was three!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at the Academy of Russian Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 2, almost 3 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Russian Pointe Entradas
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I got into ballet when I was little because my mother had always wanted to do ballet but never got the chance, and she wanted us to try it!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is probably Grand Pas Classique or Aroura Act 1
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to dance for the Washington Ballet!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
There was a moment on stage during the Nutcracker when I was Dew Drop, and I did several sodechats across the stage and felt like I was flying! (The picture is on my page🤗)
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role model is Irina Dorovenko because she is so nice and such a beautiful, elegant dancer!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Not to worry about much on stage, the adrenaline will take you where you need to be, and if you have muscle memory of your dance and corrections, then just think about performing and enjoying the stage and you will look great.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love art, and I do lots of paintings and I keep an artistic bullet journal!