I had the opportunity recently to ask Kyralee Matthewson some questions about her incredible journey as a ballerina. Kyralee is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion and dedication for ballet is unparalleled. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at four years old!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m currently training as a pre professional at Victorian State Ballet.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I went en pointe when I was thirteen.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear the Athena Energetiks pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I started in ballet when I was four, but only started getting serious in the genre when I transferred from Studio D Dance School to Boyd Dance Academy.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Personally, I love the Clara variation and the Kitris Entrance!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to stay at Victorian State Ballet and become apart of their company when I’m much older!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
For me, the first time I stepped into the Victorian State Ballet studios was the most incredible moment for me. I knew I was home from that first moment!!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I love watching Alana Puddy, Elise Jacques and Janae Kerr from Victorian State Ballet. And in general Amy Harris has always inspired me from a young age.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
From Tracey Boyd, she once told me that you can have incredible flexibility, bendy feet and win every competition, but the most important thing is that you love to dance and have feeling behind every movement!
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Everything happens for a reason, as one door shuts another one always opens.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The amazing performing opportunities! I love love love to perform!!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The stress! Around performance time, it can be very stressful but in the end it always works out.
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”?
Yes actually! When I was 10 I had lost my love for ballet and dance in general. But eventually for various reasons I found that love for it again, and really I owe that to Tracey Boyd and Michelle Sierra! Both teachers I’ve had/have!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both, but classical tutus are so stunning!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Heaps! I’ve suffered two broken arms (same arm!), to major concussions, a bruised hip bone, three broken toes, a broken metatarsal, broken nose, split chin, torn tendon in the foot and inflamed bursa in the hip. (only one of these is due to dancing, I’m a bit clumsy😂)
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I fill most of my time with schoolwork, but I also love to read, choreograph, exercise and write!