I recently had the opportunity to ask Emma Mortimer some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Emma is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and gtace, her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was about 5 doing 1 class a week, and I got into ballet seriously around age 14
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am lucky enough to dance at New Zealand School of Dance
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Since I was about 12
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My older sister did ballet so I had to come along to dance classes anyway, and I ended up loving it
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love any of Aurora’s variations because the music is so beautiful, but I also love Kitri’s strong solos
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Royal Ballet is the dream of course but I would love to either work somewhere in Australia like Queensland Ballet or West Australian Ballet, or anywhere in Europe
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I love the feeling of performing variations, because you work so hard on them and you can deliver them well on stage. Finishing a performance and knowing you’ve done it well is a nice moment
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nuñez is my all time favourite ballerina that inspires me, but I am also inspired by the people in the years above me at school and people who have been accepted into companies because they show that it is possible to get where you want to be
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Dance as big as possible, you want to fill up the room so it is only you in it, use your plié and also be a smart dancer as well as a good dancer
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love hanging out with my friends, reading books and exploring the city