I had the chance recently to ask Morganne Speirs some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Morganne is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with incredible presence and beauty. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 5 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Tanya Pearson Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for about 5 years. I got my first pair of pointe shoes at 11 years old!
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Bloch Aspiration pointe shoes.
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first became involved in ballet from meeting my dance teacher at primary school who told me to come to ballet classes after school.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
This is such a hard question, I love so many variations for lots of different reasons.. At the moment I love Aurora act 1.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I think that the ballet industry is extremely tough, so honestly dancing with any company in the future would be a dream come true and something I would be very grateful for. However, if I had to choose I would love to work for The Royal Ballet Company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite memory/moment in ballet is when I was performing in last year’s Sydney City Ballet’s Nutcracker performance. I felt the true joy and happiness of performing on stage. It was an indescribable feeling
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Some of my ballet role models are Marianela Nunez, Yasmine Naghdi and Darcey Bussell.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to “just do it”
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Advice I’d give to a young version of myself is to not be so harsh on myself and remember perfection isn’t real!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is having the freedom to dance all day and do what I love!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
he hardest thing about being a ballerina is not being able to see day to day progress and never feeling content because something can always be improved!
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”?
I never felt growing up that I should pick an easier career to be like a normal teenager. I love ballet too much to give it up!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No, I’m lucky that I have never suffered a serious injury
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
In my free time I enjoy going to the beach, listening to music, cooking and reading!