I recently had the opportunity to ask Caitlin Jonker some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Caitlin is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 6 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Queensland Ballet Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for about 6 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Bloch Sonata
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet through watching other girls my age in competitions when I did jazz and tap
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
It’s hard to choose but I think my favourite variation is Odile. I absolutely love the challenge of the port de bra and exploring different ways to portray the character.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Queensland Ballet Company or English National Ballet Company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite ballet moment was when I got my first pair of pointe shoes, I was so excited to ‘be like the older girls’ at my school that I slept with them in my bed!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models include Marianela Nunez, Natalia Osipova, Tyler Peck and Sylvie Guillem
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is to imagine how your favourite dancer would do a step and then try to replicate
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I love to read books, explore new parts of where I live and of course, watch Netflix!