I recently had the chance to ask Keera some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Keera is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and beauty. Her dedication and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I was 9 years old when I started ballet
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Charlesworth Ballet Institute
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 8 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grishko 2007’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved into ballet because I saw the tv show dance academy, and it inspired me to become a dancer.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I don’t have a favourite variation because I love them all, but I’m currently working on aurora act III
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would honestly love to work for any company as each company is so different
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite memory was my first ever performance with the charlesworth ballet institute and I remember how nervous yet excited I was to perform onstage with all my friends in Don Quixote.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role models are probably Marianela Núñez and Skylar Brandt
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
To turn your nerves into excitement when stepping onto the stage.
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
It takes a lot of hard work, and it doesn’t get any easier but you are strong and you will manage.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing onstage with the pretty costumes
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballerina is probably training 24/7.
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”?
Yeah I definitely had days where I thought I should quit but I thought about that first ever time I performed onstage and how happy it made me feel.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I’ve had a couple stress fractures in my feet and a pulled sciatic nerve. Other than that nothing too serious.
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Baking and hanging out with my friends.