Q&A With American Ballerina Brayley Willits

I recently had the chance to ask Brayley some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Brayley is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with amazing beauty and grace. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was twelve years old but started dancing at three

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at Ballet West Academy and I am in the Professional training division

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on pointe for six years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch Heritages

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Through competition dance, I worked in a lyrical solo with a professional ballet dancer and I fell in love

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

This is a tough question I have a lot of favorites I think I will go with white swan

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for Ballet West or Alberta Ballet

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

Taking a bow after my first variation on stage

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

Sarah Lamb, Beckanne Sisk, Sylvie Guillem, and Skylar Brandt

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

Perform in class how would perform on stage

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

Don’t compare yourself to others who have been dancing longer

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Getting on stage and performing something you have worked very hard on

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Keeping positive even on days when I feel like I am not at my best

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”?

There have been days where I felt that but it’s almost always out of my mind when I remember the feeling of being onstage

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu. Definitely

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes one time I almost tore a tendon and was in a boot for six weeks

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I like to read and Bake as well as watching my favorite shows on Netflix

Categories: Ballet

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