I had the chance recently to ask Ella Hodgson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ella is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was 2 1/2
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
1 1/2 years learning
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I started a baby combo class, I started RAD when I was 5 and started to then really love ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Cupid, I’ve been learning and working on in class
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
The Australian ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Getting my first pointe shoes
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
It’s not just about being good at dancing, it’s important to have dedication and discipline
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Always listen to your teachers they know best
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
There’s always more to strive for and it’s the best feeling to dance
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Pushing through pain and trying my best when I’m tired
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”?
No way I love dancing so much I’ll never stop
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Aww hard choice, I love romantic tutus
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 my friends, shopping for clothes, go to the beach, watch movies and spend time with my family!
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