I recently had the opportunity to ask Natalie Heinemyer some questions about her phenonenal journey as a ballerina. Natalie is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and love for ballet is unparalelled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was almost 3.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I got my first pointe shoes recommended by Tatiana Pali, just a couple months before my 11th birthday.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Russian Pointe Rubin and have for a couple years. They fit me the very best of any I have tried.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
As a small child, my grandparents took me to the Nutcracker. I don’t remember it now, but they tell me, I stood the entire performance and danced in the aisle.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I enjoy variations from Swan Lake, both Odette and Odile.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I also love the dramatic variations from Raymonda.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I was so excited to receive a scholarship to train in France. This opportunity opened possibilities that led me to attend a Summer Intensive in Paris.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Svetlana Zakharova, Iana Salenko and Daniil Simpkin are all amazing. I was fortunate enough to see Iana and Daniil perform live at the Indianapolis City Ballet Gala a couple years ago.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
I don’t have answer for this
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love the way a romantic tutu moves
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Paper and pens! I enjoy calligraphy and drawing, making lists, plans and goals.