I recently had the opportunity to ask Margaret Rhea some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Margaret is an amazing dancer. She graces the stage with grace and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was three years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I recently moved to Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education.
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 currently wear Gaynor Minden’s, but sometimes wear Suffolk’s or Freeds.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in dance because my sister started taking lessons and I wanted to join too.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is a tie between Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux and Pharaohs daughter.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I honestly don’t have a dream company to work with, I would just be happy to get a job haha
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment in ballet is in nutcracker when I catch the eye of my friends when we are performing! I feel like it just reminds me of the love and family that I am lucky to be performing with 🙂
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Sara Mearns, Katie Boren, Karin Averty, Tatiana Pali are some of my biggest professional role models. I also take inspiration from my amazing friends to work hard.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My teacher Tatiana Pali always tells me to not be afraid and to really go for it. I tend to hold back, and she says to “sell yourself” to the audience. It’s helped me to expand my horizons and explore the artistic side of ballet.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical for sure!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to cook and bake, work out at the gym, draw/paint, do puzzles, play with my dogs, read, and watch YouTube and Netflix in my free time.