Ballet

Q&A With American Ballerina Hannah MacLeod

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!

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