I recently had the chance to ask Eliza Rhodes some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Eliza is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
It started ballet at age 2
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train year round at the Washington school of ballet and for the past 3 summers I’ve trained with the bolshoi at bbasi
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Bloch eurostretch pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I got involved in ballet because my mom signed me up when I was a kid and I got hooked
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is either Kitri act 2 or anything Paquita
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company is either Bolshoi Ballet or ABT
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Favorite moments in ballet is when I get a step correct for the first time or when I perfect it
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My biggest ballet role models are all of teachers, most especially my teacher since i was 3 and my YAGP coach Sara Ordway @ordwayballet
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to dance for myself above everyone else
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not dancing is reading or contortion