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!