I recently had the chance to ask Mikaela Stewart some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Mikaela is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with amazing poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at California Proffesional Ballet Program in San Diego, CA
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for about 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently am switching between Russian Pointes and Grishkos
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet when my mom put me in a “Joy of Motion” class
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Giselle Act 1, Raymonda Variations, and the first Swan Lake Pas de Trois variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work in Europe eventually. I want to be able to travel so Europe would be amazing
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memories from ballet are probably my first recitals and after I completed my first solo variation on stage.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Svetlana Zakharova(obviously), Skylar Brandt is also amazing, and I actually am really inspired by Mariinskys corps de ballet in general because when I saw them perform, their corps work was impeccable.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
I receive a lot of advice from my teacher. He is always inspiring me, he pushes me, and he always tells us that quality over quantity is important and I think that is something really important to keep in mind while dancing.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I think I like classic tutus more but I also like romantic…. thats a hard question lol. I think for some things I like romantic more (like in giselle) but I also really love classic tutus.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I really love painting, making art, and letting my brain take a minute to focus on something completely not related to ballet. I think its important to also focus on other things while dancing so whenever I have a break from ballet I love making art and playing with my dog!