I recently had the opportunity to ask Tessa Rivadulla some questions about her journey as a ballerina. She is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with immense beauty and elegance. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at the age of 8
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at Master Ballet Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Nickolay Katyas
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I attended Master Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive and fell in love
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
It’s a tie between Medora Act 3 and Odette
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Stuttgart Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment in ballet was when I got accepted into Princess Grace Academy year round
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role models are Marianela Núñez and Svetlana Zakharova
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve received is to never give up on my dreams and to be confident in myself
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Advice I would give my younger self is don’t worry about the little things
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is seeing all of your hard work pay off
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballerina is knowing I will never be perfect in my eyes but that drives me to work harder everyday
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”?
Everyone I know who has thought that way have quit, but I have never thought that way because it is my dream
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I prefer classical tutus
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I am fortunate enough to have amazing teachers who help me with my minor injuries and not let them get too serious
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time with my family, whether it’s playing “Rock Band”, or sitting out by the fire.