Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Margaret Rhea

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.

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