Month: August 2018

Q&A With American Ballerina Marina Profy

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was five.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at dance arts of Yardley but I am looking to change to ballet schools.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for about 4 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko Ulanova

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet because my mom used to be a ballet dancer and she wanted me to take some classes.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is the Medora variation from Le Corsaire.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for San Fransisco Ballet or Miami City Ballet.

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

My favorite moment in ballet was when I first competed in YAGP.

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

My ballet role models are all my friends and people I take class with everyday.

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

The best advice I have ever received from a teacher was to never wish to be someone else because you can never be someone you are not. So you must use the things you like about them to better yourself, but never wish to be someone else or do something like them.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu for sure!

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

I love to go to the beach and go swimming when I’m not dancing!

 

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Caitlin Jonker

I recently had the opportunity to ask Caitlin Jonker some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Caitlin is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace. Her dedication and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 6 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Queensland Ballet Academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for about 6 years.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Bloch Sonata

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet through watching other girls my age in competitions when I did jazz and tap

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

It’s hard to choose but I think my favourite variation is Odile. I absolutely love the challenge of the port de bra and exploring different ways to portray the character.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Queensland Ballet Company or English National Ballet Company

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

My favourite ballet moment was when I got my first pair of pointe shoes, I was so excited to ‘be like the older girls’ at my school that I slept with them in my bed!

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

My ballet role models include Marianela Nunez, Natalia Osipova, Tyler Peck and Sylvie Guillem

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

The best advice I’ve received from a teacher is to imagine how your favourite dancer would do a step and then try to replicate

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

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

In my free time I love to read books, explore new parts of where I live and of course, watch Netflix!

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Koren LaPlant

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

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 5.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with the Orlando Molina Ballet Training Center OMBTC it is a brand new conservatory program that only accepts 10 dancers.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for 5 years, so I was en pointe when I was 10.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Safires.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Well originally I took a tumbling summer camp when I was 4 and there was a ballet part in it and the ballet teacher told my mom to put me in ballet so she did!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love the Odette variation from swan lake, it’s my favorite!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to dance with the San Francisco ballet and the Royal ballet.

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

It was during my gymnastics practice (I used to be a gymnast as well) my mom told me I was accepted to go to the SAB summer intensive and I cried and had to go back to practice😂

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

Sylvie Guillem And Marianella Nunez.

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

Don’t hold back anything.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu.

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

I love hanging out with friends, practicing makeup and drawing.

Q&A With American Ballerina Allison Whitley

I recently had the chance to ask Allison Whitely some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Allison is an excellent dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and elegance, her dedication and love for ballet is infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I have danced since I can remember but I started formal training a year and a half ago.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at The Dallas Conservatory

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 2 years now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian pointe Sapfirs

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got seriously involved in ballet when I came to The Dallas conservatory’s summer intensive in 2016. After that I fell completely in LOVE with ballet!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

La Esmerelda or Kitri Act 3

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Houston ballet, ABT, Royal ballet, or San Francisco Ballet

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

Playing Clara at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas

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

Natalia osipova, Tyler Donatelli, Maria Khoreva ,and Misty Copeland

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

Relax, be more daring because dancing can never be perfect

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!

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

Swim, riding bikes, hang with family💕

Q&A With American Ballerina Casy Vanden Berghe

I had the opportunity recently to ask Casy Vanden Berghe some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Casy is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible grace and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Houston Ballet Academy.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Grishko 2007’s

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mom started me in ballet when I was 3 and I haven’t stopped dancing since then.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love a lot of variations but I think my favorite would be variation from Gisele act 1.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Houston Ballet’s company.

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

I think my favorite memory in ballet was being able to perform Clara in San Francisco Ballet’s Company.

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

I love Natalia Osipova and Maria Kotchetkova.

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

I think the best advice I’ve received from a teacher would be to dance with my heart when I’m performing.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

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

In my free time I love to just chill and play with my dog 🙂

Q&A With Finnish Ballerina Iris Nikula

I recently had the opportunity to ask Iris Nikula some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Iris is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication to ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was eight years old.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I will start at Finnish National Ballet School in august.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started using pointe shoes when I was nine or ten years old so I’ve been en pointe for about six years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Russian Pointe Rubin’s. Best pointe shoes I’ve tried so far.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My dad put me and my sisters in to a waiting list for a ballet school since we loved to dance. One day we got a pink letter which said that we were accepted. We were so excited and couldn’t wait to start ballet together. Since our first class we totally fell in love with ballet! ❤️

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a hard question because I have so many! But I would say Harlequinade and Esmeralda have been my favorite so far!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I love Bolshoi and Mariinsky! Maybe some day😍

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

I have so many good memories and moments. The best ones are from stage! I remember when I danced my first variation on stage when I was twelve.  I was so happy!

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

Alina Somova and Iana Salenko😍❤️ Both are such amazing ballerinas!

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

Don’t compare yourself to other dancers.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!❤️

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

I like to watch Netflix and go to the gym. I also love drawing!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Ashlee Crowe

I recently had the chance to ask Ashee Crowe some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ashlee is an incredible journey. She takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her passion and love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 4 but moved to a proper school when I was 6/7

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Royal Ballet School in London after moving from The Australian Conservative of Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe since I was 10 so about 6 and a half years now!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently switch between Freed of London shoes and Energetiks (almaz).

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved in ballet from watching River Dance (Irish Dancing) that my grandma had once recoded for me on TV. I would watch it for hours and try and copy everything, so I said to my mum that I should start ballet and then slowly transition into Irish Dancing! Well obviously that didn’t happen! I got hooked into ballet and have never stopped ❤️

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favourite variations would have to be Carmen, Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet) and Manon from the party scene!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Honestly anything would be amazing it is my ultimate dream to dance in any company no matter how big or small! But, my favourite company to dance with would be Royal Ballet.

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

When I was accepted into Royal Ballet School it was a dream come true! I was in Paris at the time and it felt like I was floating on a cloud! It was something I had wanted for so long and I couldn’t quite believe it was happening to me.

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

I think Marianela Núñez is the absolute queen of ballet and I love watching anything she preforms as she is so versatile. I also love Sarah Lamb and Akane Takada!

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

The best advice I have gotten from a teacher is, you have done all the hard work everything has been practiced again and again and of course you will still be growing as a dancer everyday but just do it now, execute and perform as the only way to show who you are is if you give it all you have and go for it!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Romantic tutu! It makes your leg lines look so nice and it’s often more comfortable… hehe

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

I love spending time with friends and cooking healthy food! I also love reading and going shopping.

Q&A With American Ballerina River Stenz

I had the chance to ask River Stenz some questions about her journey as a ballerina recently. River is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I got involved with ballet when I was around 9 years old but didn’t get serious until much much later.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance with Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida but I want to dance with Houston Ballet. (I’m currently at an in between stage and looking to take a step towards getting into a company)

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been en pointe for 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Suffolk Spotlights!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started dancing because my sister was dancing. My mom asked if I wanted to try it so she put me in. I honestly didn’t really like it at first 😂

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I loveeee Kitri act 3 and Raymondas Dream variation

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I have many, but I would love to dance for Houston Ballet or Miami City Ballet

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

That ones difficult to answer, I don’t think I could pick one moment specifically, I’ve had so many, both good and bad, that have made me who I am.

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

I adore Marianela Nunez, Iana Salenko, Maria Kotchekova and Karina Gonzolez

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

I’ve had different teachers over the years tell me many different things that I love, but there have been a few who have said this one thing in similar ways, so I’ve kind of put it together how I’ve learned to interpret it from different people: Sometimes we worry so much about what we look like on the outside that we forget about what’s happening within. You have to dance from the inside out otherwise all you’re doing is making positions. The difference between a good dancer and a great one is when they dance from the heart

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical!!

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

I love to read!! I’m also into art and painting.

Q&A With Luxembourg Ballerina Claire Theisen

I had the chance recently to ask Claire Theisen some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Claire is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and beauty. Her passion and love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started when I was 5 in a private school in my country.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at the ‘Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg’.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I started doing pointe shoes when I was 9 years old. So I’ve been on pointe for over 8 years already.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I am in love with my ‘Gaynor Minden’ pointeshoes! I’ve tried so many different brands until I’ve stuck with Gaynor Minden.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mum took me out of gymnastics because she wanted me to become a ballet dancer as she found it more elegant.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is Esmeralda. But I also love more neoclassical variations as for example in Forsyths ‘In the middle of somewhat’ the variation of the ‘Relevé Girl’.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Actually I want to become a contemporary dancer so my dream is it to enter the NDT company.

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

Let me think… I’ve experienced so much in Ballet that I don’t have a favourite moment. I enjoy every day in class with my amazing friends.

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

I am a big fan of some social media ballet dancers as for example Dusty Button, Tate Mcrae, Reina Stam, Claudia Hastings, Juliet Doherty and lots more… But I’ve to admit that my ballet teacher is my main role model! She’s so amazing and I love her. I’ve learned so much from her.

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

Ohh I’ve got so many good advices but one I always keep in my mind is that even if your technique is not the best one you can be one of the greatest dancers if you express yourself. Because in the audience of a performance there are mostly people that do understand nothing of dance so they can’t tell if you do mistakes but they can tell if you enjoy dancing!

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Defenitely classical tutu! Since I was a kid I always wanted to wear a tutu like that but in our dance school we don’t get that chance so often that’s why I’ve only worn a real classical tutu once for the esmeralda variation.

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

I am a passionate art student and I go to the scouts. I am also an actress and a model so I like being in front of a camera.

 

Q&A With American Ballerina Daniela Thorne

I recently had the opportunity to ask Daniela Thorne some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Daniela is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 4

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently train at UNCSA (University of North Carolina School for the Arts) and I love it.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for 5 years now.

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Freed Classic Pro 90 (Hearts)

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother was a ballet dancer, so she enrolled me.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Hard to say, I love Giselle Act 1, but I also love the Odette variation in Act 2 of Swan Lake, and of course Kitri Act 3.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I hate to narrow myself down when I have no idea what the future holds. I admire so many companies, but it really ends depends on what companies are looking for at the time and what will work best for me. Ultimately I want to be in a place that makes me happy so that I keep improving and become the best version of myself as a dancer and a person.

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

I remember performing at the final round at Yagp in 2017 at age 14 at the David Koch theater. The stage was so big and there were over 2 thousand people in the audience and the energy from the crowd was unreal. My whole experience in Lausanne was a huge part of my growth as a dancer and definitely one of my favorite memories as well.

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

I always draw inspiration from watching current dancers such as Marianela Nunez, and of course Gillian Murphy (who I am fortunate enough to call my friend).

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

Always show why you love dance, and most importantly who you are.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical 🙂

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

I LOVE to read and write! Journaling always helps me relax and reading inspires me and takes me somewhere else whenever life gets me a little stressful.