I had an opportunity recently to ask Jayde Olsen some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jayde is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Since age 11, so 6 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I began because my older sister was starting and we did it together
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Cupid, from the Don Quixote Dream Scene or Le Corsaire (for males)
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Queensland Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, or The Australian Ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Anytime before a performance, when we are all on stage preparing, the curtain is still closed and hearing the audience creep in and the overture begin.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Darcy Bussell, Sascha Radetsky, and David Power.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Work hard and don’t compare yourself to others
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The special bonds you make with your friends, being able to perform different characters, and being able to dance to beautiful music
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The time and dedication required, therefore sometimes missing out on other events or activities.
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”?
Of course haha
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical for sure
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No I haven’t and I’m very lucky
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love playing sports and going to AFL games, as well as watching musicals!!