I recently had the chance to ask Hannah MacLeod some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Hannah is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion and dedication for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I did a year of pre-dance when I was 4, but stopped until I was 9. Then I did not dance seriously (more than two days a week) until I was 13. I began training with the goal of a career in mind when I was 14.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am currently training with the Manassas Ballet Academy, and I have attended the American Ballet Theatre (ABT)’s summer programs in California and New York City.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Since I was 11 and a half, so about 5 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Bloch Suprimas.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom originally placed me in pre-dance, but took Meyer out after a year because she didn’t think I would like it long term. When I was 6 I got to see the Washington Ballet perform The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Centre, and my biggest dream became performing in the Nutcracker. I begged my mom for three more years to put me back into ballet for that reason alone!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I absolutely love the Esmeralda variation! I performed it for YAGP last year and it was so much fun 🙂
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Some of my favorite companies include ABT, Houston Ballet, and Washington Ballet, but I haven’t decided on any particular company yet. When I’m old enough to audition, I’ll try for different companies of all sizes and see if someone will hire me 🙂
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
It’s so hard to choose, but my favorite memory is probably the first time I was told that I’m talented. Teachers tended to ignore me because I danced so little until I was older, and no one had ever told me I was good at ballet, so I naturally didn’t think I was. By age 14 I was strongly considering quitting. But one of my teachers asked to coach me and told me that he thought I was very talented and could even become a professional one day (which I was totally shocked to hear), and since he began to coach me I haven’t looked back!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Misty Copeland, Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, Tiler Peck, and Sara Mearns.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Always strive to be the hardest worker in the room.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I prefer a classical tutu, but it’s still a very hard choice!
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love makeup and fashion!! I love shopping, watching makeup videos, and playing around with clothes in my closet to see what kinds of outfits I can make. I also looooove tea and coffee and could drink them all day long!