I had the opportunity recently to ask Kaitlyn Gerrick some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kaitlyn is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with grace and elegance. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at 2!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Spotlights
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My friend and I took a ballet class when we were little together and I loved it!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is Lilac Fairy
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for ABT!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory is doing the Joffrey Ballets nutcracker on opening night!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My role model is Misty Copeland!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Work hard every day even when you are tired!
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Dance is a lot of hard work but it is worth it in the end!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Practices all the time!
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, but then I realize I can’t live without ballet since I love it so much!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Hang out with friends:)