I had the opportunity recently to ask Elden Brady some questions about her experiences as a ballerina. Elden is a wonderful dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible elegance and poise. Her passion for ballet is unmatched. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at 10 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train at Campaneria Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 3 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Nikolay 3007 pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I didn’t really have a sport to do so I was trying out a lot of different things, then I tried ballet and fell in love
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation switches a lot, but right now I love watching all variations from Le Corsaire
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I’m not sure what company I would like to go to yet, because I am still figuring out my favorite styles of ballet and where I want to be in a few years.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
After Nutcracker 2019 when my dance teacher, Wei told me he is proud and to keep working hard.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Sydney Dolan inspires me. she is an amazing dancer but very kind and encouraging at the same time
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Always watch other dancers in rehearsal. that’s one of the best ways to learn.
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t take any classes or moments with teachers for granted
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
I love how there is always something to work on because if ballet was easy it would be so boring!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Being mentally tough is one of the hardest parts of ballet for me. it’s hard not to compare your journey to someone elses’
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”?
Honestly, i never have really had that thought. I wouldn’t trade my life with a normal teenager because I love ballet and i know I’m lucky to be able to do it every day
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Thankfully, i have never had any serious injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to cook and bake, as well as hanging out with my friends