I had the opportunity recently to ask Jess Templeton some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jess is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was about 4 but I only took it seriously from the age of 12.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Tring Park School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for about 4-5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Bloch aspiration pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I got seriously involved in ballet when I started the Royal Ballet associate program at the age of 12
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Ah I can’t choose but I really love variations from Don Quixote as they are so full of character and energy.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for the Royal Ballet, ENB or Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have lots of amazing ballet memories but my favourites are performing at Sadler’s wells and attending the Royal Ballet Summer School.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My inspirations for ballet are Yasmine Naghdi and Steven McRae but I also massively look up to Lukas McFarlane as a dancer and a person.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Best advice I have ever received is just to relax and breathe as sometimes dancers think so much about being perfect and working hard that they forget the most important part….the performance.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical tutu definitely
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I generally don’t have a lot of free time but when I do I love swimming and reading.