I had the chance recently to ask Marsden Cousins some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Marsden is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 2 but seriously doing ballet at age 10
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Edge Studios in their pre professional program
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 3.5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Freed pointe shoes (triangle or anchor makers)
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I got seriously involved in ballet when I was 10 and my ballet teacher encouraged me to audition for summer schools
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have a few favourites but I will say Paquita variation #11 and Talisman
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company would be the Marinsky or any company in Europe
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
This past summer when I attended Paris Opera ballet school, Princess Grace academy, and royal ballet school summer intensives would have to be my favourite memory. This summer was an amazing experience and I learned so much and will remember it for ever. One other amazing moment was having privates with Leonid Sarafanov and taking his class
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
One ballet dancer that really inspires me is Olesya Novikova she is such a beautiful dancer and artist and I really hope I can watch her in person one day.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My teachers always tell me not to compare myself to others which I think has been some of the best advice they have given me. They tell me to worry about myself and what I am doing and not compare myself to the people around me.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I prefer classical tutu but also find romantic tutus very beautiful.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I am either sleeping or watching Netflix and recently I have been reading during my free time.