Month: August 2018

Q&A With Swedish Ballerina Moa Andreasson

I recently had the opportunity to ask Moa Andreasson some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Moa is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of 10.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

At the Royal Swedish Ballet school in Stockholm. It’s a full time ballet school with dance & academics combined.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’d say I got my first pair of pointe shoes when I was 11 years old.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am currently wearing the Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

So as a child I was very athletic and did swimming, track and field, I even tired figure skating- but no ballet or dance. When I was in third grade, my school watched a performance of a dance school which was actually meant to encourage kids to start dancing. Everyone in my class hated it. I remember being the only one who was amazed by the dancers on the stage. Their flexibility and simply what their bodies were able to do. I begged my mom to sign me up for the auditions to the school. She wasn’t too sure about it as I’d never been dancing before but eventually she did what I told her to do. Long story short, I did the auditions and got accepted to the school, The royal Swedish ballet school in Stockholm

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Hmmmm that’s a good question. I think I’d say Medora variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

There are many companies I’d love to work for (in fact any company that would take me) right now I am more interested in Dutch National, Les ballets de Monte-Carlo etc

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

Not really, although I really enjoyed performing the dying swan at my school last school year. It was really an honour and I loved working on that piece.

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

I would say that there are manyyyy people that inspire me.

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

I don’t really have an answer

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical

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

I absolutely LOVE (and live) to travel. I also enjoy spending time with my family and my friends, I love to read and write too

Q&A With American Ballerina Bryn Lafferty

I recently had the opportunity to ask Bryn Lafferty some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Bryn is an excellent dancer, she takes tot he stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at the age of three.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for almost six years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet because my friend’s mom opened a studio near me and asked my mom to put me in it.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably the Fascinating Rhythm solo from Who Cares?

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Honestly, any company that accepts me would be great but my dream companies are probably PNB, NYCB, MCB, and Boston.

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

My favorite memory of ballet was performing Clara or Who Cares?

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

One role model is Leta Biasucci because she danced at CPYB and now at PNB.

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

The best advice I have ever gotten was, keep working and you will surpass those that are ahead now.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

I like to do abdominal workouts, read, and talk to my parents because I live in a different state for CPYB.

Q&A With American Ballerina Gracie Joiner

I recently had the chance to ask Gracie Joiner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Graice is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 12, which was almost 4 years ago.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance, but I have been accepted to the HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for about 3 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Rubins.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I used to be a hip-hop, tap, and jazz competition dancer and when I moved, I just decided on a whim to go to a ballet studio and I have loved it ever since.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love Pas de E’sclave and Odalisque variation 2.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Any company if I am honest. I do love Louisville Ballet which is where I spent my first summer intensive

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

Yes! When I was dancing as Aurora, the Wedding Pas was the most fun I have ever had onstage and I am very fond of the performance.

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

Marianela Nuñez, Maria Kotchekova, Alessandra Ferri, and Isabella Boylston are people that really inspire me.

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

The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to become comfortable being uncomfortable. It really helps when you want to drop your legs in adagio.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu.

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

I love to read, stretch, and draw.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Emma Mortimer

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?

Bloch Synergy

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?

Classical always

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

Q&A With American Ballerina Eliza Rhodes

I recently had the chance to ask Eliza Rhodes some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Eliza is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

It started ballet at age 2

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train year round at the Washington school of ballet and for the past 3 summers I’ve trained with the bolshoi at bbasi

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 4 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch eurostretch pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got involved in ballet because my mom signed me up when I was a kid and I got hooked

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is either Kitri act 2 or anything Paquita

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

My dream company is either Bolshoi Ballet or ABT

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

Favorite moments in ballet is when I get a step correct for the first time or when I perfect it

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

My biggest ballet role models are all of teachers, most especially my teacher since i was 3 and my YAGP coach Sara Ordway @ordwayballet

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

Best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to dance for myself above everyone else

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

My favorite thing to do when I’m not dancing is reading or contortion

Q&A With Russian Contortionist Alesya Laverycheva

I recently had joy of asking world renowned, Russian contortionist Alesya Laverycheva some questions about her phenomenal career as one of the world’s best contortionists. Alesya is an amazing contortionist and when she takes to the stage and performs and showcases her astounding skills, she leaves the audience in awe and mesmerised by what the human body can do. The joy she has on her face when performing is infectious and her smile brings happiness to many. Alesya has had the opportunity to travel the world performing, from China to her homeland of Russia. She also has had the opportunity to work with some of the worlds best contortionists over the years. Below are her responses.

Alesya’s responses translated using Google Translate

How long have done contortion for?

I have been studying contortion since my childhood from the age of 7 or 8, I do not remember exactly and I still do it.

How did you start contortion?

I would say this is natural flexibility. It was easy for me at training) I was engaged in a circus studio)

How often do you train and for how long?

I personally do not train every day, because I think that the body should also rest, for example, I study Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s, there are also big breaks. The time i train for varies depending on how I feel and what I’m doing. I also do things differently for the feeling when I can practice for 2 hours, when I can 1 hour, or when they go through the photo sessions that whole day.

What is your favourite contortion move/trick?

I often like my favorite tricks. I like triple folds.

What has been your best contortion experience?

In photo sessions I learn that I can get stronger that I do not know about it myself 😀 I really like the flexibility and what I do. This is probably a gift and everyone has their own. It’s my contortion skills

What is your ultimate contortion goal/dream?

The goal of a dream is to try something new

 

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Q&A With American Ballerina Britta Albertson

I had the chance recently to ask Britta Albertson some questions about her journey as ballerina. Britta is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with amazing poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I have been dancing since I was 7 almost 8 so that’s around a total of 11 years.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’ve spent the last 2 years at Ballet West as a PTD and I’m now going to be at Ballet Arizona as a studio company member.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for almost 8 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now I’m wearing Freed classic pro 90 and my favorite makers are Maltese cross and Y.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Actually I wanted to be a soccer player but I kept breaking bones so my mom forced me to go to my first ballet class😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Favorite variation is anything from le Corsair or any of the soloist/principal variations in Wahlpurgusnatch

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to stay with Ballet Arizona or maybe one day go back to Ballet West.

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

Some of the best memories we’re getting both of my offers. My first from ballet west at 15 and now ballet Arizona at 17.

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

I would have to say I really like Sara mearns and Zippora Karz (she was a type 1 diabetic who danced for Balanchine)

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

I have received sooo much good advice over the years but I would have to say one that sticks the most is to be unapologetic with my dancing and that you can always tone things down but to give it all you’ve got right off the bat.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love a classical tutu but I like the way my legs look longer in a romantic 😂

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

Well there’s not much of that😂 but I love to go out and adventure with friends to new places. We love hiking and going on picnics. Or just going on long drives with music blasting 😂

Q&A With American Ballerina Taylor Nichols

I had the opportunity recently to ask Taylor Nichols some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Taylor is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’ll be a trainee at Cincinnati ballet this year.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Rubins.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

When I was little my mom signed me up for classes so I could burn off some energy.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Agon is definitely one of my favorites! It’s unique to its self and there is no other variation quite like it. The steps and counts of the music are so simple but yet challenging.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with any company but Cincinnati ballet is definitely one of my favorites!

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

Taking ballet classes with my sister is one of my most cherished memories.

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

I love Maria Kochetkova

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

No decision you make is wrong, some things are just meant to happen.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love romantic TuTus but I wouldn’t mind wearing a classical either!

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

I love eating snacks, napping, and hanging out with my friends.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Mikaela Stewart

I recently had the chance to ask Mikaela Stewart some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Mikaela is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with amazing poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at California Proffesional Ballet Program in San Diego, CA

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 5 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently am switching between Russian Pointes and Grishkos

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet when my mom put me in a “Joy of Motion” class

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Giselle Act 1, Raymonda Variations, and the first Swan Lake Pas de Trois variation.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work in Europe eventually. I want to be able to travel so Europe would be amazing

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

My favorite memories from ballet are probably my first recitals and after I completed my first solo variation on stage.

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

Svetlana Zakharova(obviously), Skylar Brandt is also amazing, and I actually am really inspired by Mariinskys corps de ballet in general because when I saw them perform, their corps work was impeccable.

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

I receive a lot of advice from my teacher. He is always inspiring me, he pushes me, and he always tells us that quality over quantity is important and I think that is something really important to keep in mind while dancing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

I think I like classic tutus more but I also like romantic…. thats a hard question lol. I think for some things I like romantic more (like in giselle) but I also really love classic tutus.

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

In my free time I really love painting, making art, and letting my brain take a minute to focus on something completely not related to ballet. I think its important to also focus on other things while dancing so whenever I have a break from ballet I love making art and playing with my dog!

Q&A With American Ballerina Callie Rector

I had the chance recently to ask Callie Rector some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Callie is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was three!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at the Academy of Russian Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 2, almost 3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Entradas

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I got into ballet when I was little because my mother had always wanted to do ballet but never got the chance, and she wanted us to try it!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is probably Grand Pas Classique or Aroura Act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance for the Washington Ballet!

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

There was a moment on stage during the Nutcracker when I was Dew Drop, and I did several sodechats across the stage and felt like I was flying! (The picture is on my page🤗)

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

My role model is Irina Dorovenko because she is so nice and such a beautiful, elegant dancer!

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

Not to worry about much on stage, the adrenaline will take you where you need to be, and if you have muscle memory of your dance and corrections, then just think about performing and enjoying the stage and you will look great.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

I love art, and I do lots of paintings and I keep an artistic bullet journal!