I had the opportunity recently to ask Kassidy Thompson some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Kassidy is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion, dedication and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I stared at 10 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I just graduated from the John Cranko Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I started pointe work when I was 12
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I am currently trialling different Freed Pointe shoes. But my normal shoes are Energetiks Sapfir and I love them!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I think I always wanted to do some type of dance when I was little. After nagging my mum about it, I guess she just signed me up at the local dance school. I actually first really enjoyed dancing hip hop and then eventually found my passion for ballet.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
There are so many I would love to dance. But would love to dance as Manon! Would be a dream!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
There are many companies in the world I would love to work with (anywhere that would take me really!) but would probably say Stuttgart Ballet, ABT, Wiener Staatsoper or Australian Ballet!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
A highlight for me would definitely be my graduating performance with JCS. It was so exciting to dance a piece choreographed by Uwe Scholtz, but was really special to share the stage for the last time with my classmates.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
hmmm this is quite a tough question! There are some many dancers who inspire me! 2 who come to mind are Marianela Nunez and Aurélie Dupont. But I also would watch Friedemann Vogel dance any day!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
I have received so much advice from so many incredible teachers. But I think an important thing as a dancer is to really show your passion while you dance. If you really give everything you’ve got and all your emotion depending on the role you dance, hopefully you can make the audience experience different emotions/feelings too. Happy, sad…That’s really a special thing.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I love being with my friends and family. Cooking, going on adventures and especially love travelling to new places!