I had the opportunity recently to ask Laura Harwood some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Laura is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I was 4 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 6 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mum put me into a ballet class and I’ve loved it ever since
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Aurora Variation from Sleeping Beauty
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would be grateful to join any company that is willing to take me and suits my style
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Probably dancing as one of the six couples in the ballet, Motif
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nunez, Natalia Osipova and Isabella Boylston and Skylar Brandt
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
You have your own journey. The pudding will be cooked when it’s ready.
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Although you do not shine now, you will one day and all the hard work will pay off.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Bringing joy to people and giving something back that is so genuine and from the heart
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Trying to make everything effortless and consistent
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”?
Sometimes, I had that doubt that I wasn’t progressing but I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. Through the struggles it has taught me that everyone is on their own path to where they’re meant to be.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I was out for 6 months due to a lower back injury a long time ago but it has only made me a stronger dancer and I now have a new awareness with my body
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to knit and cook, definitely looking to find new designs and recipes to work on.