I recently had the opportunity to ask Jenny Colavito some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jenny is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 5 so a little over 10 years now
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance in Maine at Thomas School of Dance and for the pre-professional ballet company Bangor Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on Pointe for 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear custom Freeds by A maker
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I started ballet just like most 5 year olds in a combination tap/ ballet class. Around 7 I was moved into a level two class, it’s funny for a couple of years I wanted nothing to do with ballet, but my oldest sister had a dancer friend that told me to stick with it and that everything would click. She was right and I can’t imagine a day going by without dancing ballet.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation, ooh gosh that’s a tough one, there are so many. I really like a lot of variations from Bayadere I don’t think I can pick just one!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I just want to dance! I’m 5’10” so a tall girl company. Maybe Ballet West, or PNB, or Nederland there are so many. Alonzo Lines is pretty cool too.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Favorite memory would be when I was given my first pointe role in the company, I was 11 and was a Flamingo in Alice. I also should have mentioned that my most recent memorable moment was participating at YAGP for the first time and making it into the top 12 at Chicago for classical. I’m looking forward to participating again this year
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models would be my very first instructor Ivy Clear, she has inspired all of her students and has given me the solid technical foundation that I have today. She was one of the very first company members of the original Joffrey Ballet.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Best advice, “If you rest, you rust” as well as “dance for yourself first and the rest will follow”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical there is nothing prettier than a beautiful pancake tutu!!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I love to go to our camp and fish and swim. I also like to teach younger kids, it’s really rewarding to be able to give back. I also like to draw, play the piano and hang out with my friends