Ballet

Q&A With Peruvian Ballerina Aitana Espinoza

I recently had the opportunity to ask Aitana some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Aitana is an amazing dancer, she is a dancer who has incredible poise and elegance, her passion and dedication to ballet is remarkable. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 3 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I continue my preparation as a classical dancer at the Rosie Schottland Classical Ballet school

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Gaynor Minden

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

From a very young age I watched children’s ballet movies and I loved it! I asked my mom at 3 to take me to study ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Aurora III Act, Paquita

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I’m Peruvian but I will love to continue studying in USA or Europe and I will work on a company there

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

There are several, when I played Clara in the nutcracker, when I represented my country in the Yagp (Canada) and in Tanzolymp (Germany) and when I graduated from the national superior school of ballet and when I won silver and bronze medals in the competition. International Dancing in Lima.

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

Melisa Hamilton, Svetlana Zarakhova, Jasmine Naghdi, Jurgita Dronina,

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

Never stop fighting and working

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Always be myself

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Playing many roles and meeting wonderful people

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The discipline

Q14: It seems like such hard work, did you ever have days growing up where you were like “ugh maybe I’ll just pick an easier career so I can be like a normal teenager”?

If it varies sometimes !! I have not lived a normal childhood or adolescence

Q15: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No, never

Q16: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I enjoy with my family, my pet and my friends

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