Ballet

Q&A With British Ballerina Charlotte Carvosso

I had the opportunity recently to ask Charlotte Carvosso some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charlotte is a fantastic dancer, she has incredible passion and dedication to ballet. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old and knew I wanted to do it professionally from a young age

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at a local ballet school but I will be auditioning for full-time vocational ballet schools this year!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for almost 3 years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe ‘Encore’ pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet as a hobby and my passion for it has grown ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many favourite variations but I love the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ or any from The Sleeping Beauty!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

It would be a dream come true to work with any ballet company but my favourites in the UK are: The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Theatre UK

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

I have so many memories from ballet but my favourite would have to be when I got my first pair of pointe shoes as I reached a huge milestone in my career!

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

I have many idols in ballet but Marianela Nunez is one of my favourites!

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to work hard because you never know until you try and anything is possible with hard work and determination!

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

. I would tell the younger version of myself to work hard, always give 110% and never give up.

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

I think the best thing about being a ballerina is being onstage in full costume and makeup performing in front of an audience, doing what I enjoy the most and knowing all of the hard work has paid off!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

What I have found the hardest about being a ballerina is the feeling of being judged and worrying about whether I’m good enough or not.

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 have wondered what a ‘normal teenage life’ would be like and there have been days I felt like giving up but I think it’s important to understand everyone has bad days and it’s how we come back from them that matters! I can’t imagine my life without ballet and I have never wanted anything as much as I want to be a professional ballerina!

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu 100%!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Luckily I have never suffered from a serious injury caused by ballet but like most dancers I have had the sprained ankle and pulled muscle! I think it’s very important for dancers to look after their bodies and listen to them – if something is hurting; stop

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

When I’m not dancing I love to spend time with my friends and family. I think it’s important to have other interests alongside dance as long as they don’t distract you from your main goal!

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