I had the chance recently to ask Maddie some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Maddie is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with great poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 4 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance full time ballet at Tanya Pearson Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been dancing on pointe for 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Grishko 2007 pro pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum put me in gymnastics, jazz and ballet classes when I was younger, but I loved ballet the most
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love the pizzicato variation from Raymonda.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to dance with the Royal Ballet, Mariinsky ballet or Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite ballet memory is performing many roles in the Nutcracker.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Alina Somova & Marianela Nunez are my biggest inspirations.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“We work so hard in the studio but no one can touch you on stage, so dance for yourself”
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
I would tell my younger self to be confident and not afraid to speak up and be yourself
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about ballet is challenging yourself and the feeling of achieving something you’ve never done before.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The discipline is the hardest thing about being a ballet dancer and having to push yourself when you are struggling the most
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”?
It is definitely hard but I never had the thought of quitting ballet as it had become such a big part of my life and I just couldn’t see how my life would be without it.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical tutus are so gorgeous!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I don’t want to jinx it, but I have not yet experienced any serious injuries.
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love sketching, cooking and spending time with my family in my free time.