I had the opportunity recently to ask Grace Campbell some questions about her amazing journey as a ballerina. Grace is an incredible dancer, she takes to 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?
When I was 3, I begged my mom to start!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Kansas City Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Since I was 12, so 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I’m currently wearing Freeds Gaynors and Suffolk. I have a hard time finding good pointe shoes!
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I just really wanted to dance so I begged my mom for a year to let me start.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have way too many! I love anything from Don Q or anything with big jumps and lots of energy
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream companies are ABT and KCB
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Being Odette was really amazing. It was so challenging and I was only 15 so it was difficult yet a wonderful experience.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I love Ashley Ellis and Erica Cornejo. They both use so much passion and have such an amazing presence and I hope to dance like them when I am older.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Everyone has bad days. Even Professionals. The difference is that professionals learn from their bad days and don’t let themselves get sad about it because that only hurts a dancer. They learn and grow from it and that makes a dancer. The sooner you accept and learn from bad days, the close you will be towards a professional dancer.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I am so busy that I don’t have a lot of free time and if I do I typically am doing school. But I also like to read and hang out with friends.