Q&A With American Ballerina Sofya Shakhovets

I recently had the chance to ask Sofya Shakhovets some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Sofya is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with grace and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at maybe 3 years old, but wasn’t too serious about it until I was 8-9.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 5 years, although much of the first year was exercises only at the barre.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007’s size 5 xx with a medium shank

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom is a ballet teacher! So, I was always surrounded by it from a young age.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Nikiya’s Death variation from La Bayadere.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My absolute dream company would have to be Mariinsky, they are incredible!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

No, not really.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My favorite ballet dancers would have to be Oksana Skorik, Diana Vishneva and Ulyana Lopatkina. I also am incredibly inspired by Joy Womack’s journey as a professional dancer!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Probably, “dancing in itself should be very freeing and easy! pointing your feet, stretching your knees, yes that is all very difficult but actually dancing should be from the heart!”

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical Tutu

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I enjoy cooking with my mom, planning, shopping, Pilates, and sometimes if I have time, I like to read!

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