I recently had the opportunity to ask Delaney some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Delaney is a fantastic dancer, she’s a dancer who has incredible grace and her passion and dedication to ballet is outstanding. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was 11
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Hudson Conservatory of Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Almost 2 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Bloch and Russian Pointe
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I knew someone who was doing it and I thought it would be so fun!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Either Harlequinade or Coppelia 3
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Houston Ballet or Royal Ballet School
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory is getting into the Houston Ballet Summer intensive!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Misty Copeland and Claudia Dean
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
To train a lot but also be a kid and have fun!
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Start dancing earlier
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
I love the challenge of always having more to learn!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
It’s a lot of mental and physical strain
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”?
One of the best things about starting late is that it prevented burnout
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No serious injuries but I did suffer a hairline stress fracture in my tibia
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love playing with my dogs or hanging out with friends!