I had the chance recently to ask Jayne Naylor some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jayne is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with grace and beauty. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Hudson Conservatory of Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My grandma and mom took me to a ballet movie and I fell in love so we searched for a studio that was strictly ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Right before going on stage to perform
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Dusty button, Julia Doughy, Skyler Brant & Ted Kivit
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
. Don’t let anybody stand in the way of your dreams
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
It will get better
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
You feel unique and feel like you have something to express yourself with
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The bullies and the people that try to discourage you
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”?
Yes, lots of times in the beginning of my ballet years. However, I always looked forward to my dream of being a professional ballerina and that meant more to me than anything else.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I almost tore my ACL
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I like to workout and play with my puppy.