I had the chance recently to ask Tess Jensen some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Tess is an incredible dancer, she takes to the stage with poise and grace, her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started when I was 6
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m currently a PTD at Ballet West
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been dancing on pointe for 8 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Freeds classic pro 90’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I followed my brother into ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Hard one, ballet west, ABT, Joffrey Chicago or any European company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I think doing the Joffrey Chicago summer intensive
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I really love to watch Skylar Brand
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
That’s a difficult question because every teacher had something unique to give that really helped me
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
o calm down and breathe
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing on stage and enveloping the audience into the story
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Not seeing myself in a critical way but more in a progressive way
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 in the end passion and dedication won!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Definitely classical tutu
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I had a couple surgeries that I had to get back from
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to read and do schoolwork. This helps me relax after class