I had the opportunity recently to ask Ali Walters some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ali is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion and dedication for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 4 years old.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Olympic Ballet Theatre.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for 4 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Grishko 2007s.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I was really active when I was young and had a lot of energy. I was constantly dancing around the house. When I was old enough I asked my mom if I could dance and that’s where it all began.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
That’s a hard question. Right now my favorite variation is probably Satenella. But I also do really love anything Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, or Giselle.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream is definitely SFB. I love their rep and their dancers are amazing!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have so many. Of course getting my first pair of pointe shoes and summer intensives. But I think my favorite was getting to preform as a willi in Giselle. It is my all time favorite ballet and it was such an amazing experience to preform it.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Maria Kochetkova is a dancer I’ve looked up to for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been amazed by her clean technique and the personality that she brings to every role she performs. My teacher has also always been a huge inspiration for me. I grew up watching her dance professionally and now being taught by her everyday is so motivating.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
At the end of the day, ballet is so much more than perfect technique. It’s about your artistry and the emotion that you add to your dancing because that’s what makes you a true artist.
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both, but my favorite would have to be a classical tutu. There is something so stunning watching a ballet where every girl, even in the corps, is wearing an elegant tutu.
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I cross train and of course school. But for fun I love to bullet journal and hang out with friends.