I recently had the opportunity to ask Maren some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is exceptional. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I first started ballet when I was five, but started training professionally when I was 10!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am currently a trainee at Ballet West Academy! I’ve been part of BWA for nine years now.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been dancing on pointe for 7 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear a variety of Freed shoes depending on what makers are available
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
: I first got involved in ballet when I joined my friend in her class. I was curious about it and just fell in love with the art form!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
It’s hard to pick but I really love the Pharaoh’s Daughter Variation from Act 2 and Sleeping Beauty Variation from Act 1
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Ballet West. It’s been my home for so long!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
One of my favorite ballet memories was learning and performing the Act 3 Wedding Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Some of my role models would be my teachers because of all they’ve taught me, but I also look up to Beckanne Sisk, Paulina Semionova, and Emily Adams!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
I think the best advice I’ve received from a teacher was to find things you love outside of ballet. It might sound contradictory, but having outlets that aren’t related to ballet can help your mental health!
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
I think I would tell my younger self to stretch more!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing is the feeling of performing and dancing with friends.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
That would have to be how difficult and painful it feels some days.
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”?
Oh definitely! I have had days where I have thought that but then I remember what I’m working towards and how much I love it!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I would have to say classical!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I haven’t had any super serious injuries but I’ve had bad Achilles tendonosis, and sprained toe joints that took months to heal.
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I really like to bake and read! I also go hiking with friends and family when I can!