Ballet

Q&A With Ballerina Maria Oka

I had the chance recently to ask Maria Oka some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Maria is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with amazing grace and poise. Her passion and love for ballet infectious. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Started dancing when i was 3. Professionally age 17.

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Ajkun Ballet Theater

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Approximately 13 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Minden

Q5:How did you first get involved in ballet?

My mother took me to ballet school since I have loved dancing so much.

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Paquita, Grand pas de deux female Va and Aurora act2

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Being on stage with shining lights, wearing sparkly costume and dancing in front of audiences are the best moment ever in my life.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Misty Copeland, Wendy Whelan and Svetlana Zakarova

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

“you’re an actress”

When I was sad about my performance, my teacher told me that no one cares or knows about my mistakes or if I’m sad. I just have to push through and work harder in rehearsal. That made me a lot stronger.

Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?

Definitely classical

Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I watch any kind of dancing videos. It’s inspiring to watch different styles of dancing especially like Hip-hop.

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