I had the opportunity recently to ask Siobhan Cooper some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Siobhan is an amazing, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace, her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Age 2 or 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
VCASS The Victorian collage of the arts Secondary School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
Mum put me in dance classes and I loved moving
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
La Bayadere, 3rd Shade Variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Bolshoi Ballet, John Cranko
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Wining ATOD Vic and Australians in 2018 for ballet
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Svetlana Zaharova, Misty Copeland, Isobella Dashwood
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
A quote my teach told me… Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
To be free and not blend in stand out and be yourself. Don’t be Shy.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Being able to express your emotions through movement.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Negativity from others or self confidence.
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 I have always dreamed of becoming a ballerina and I have always worked hard to achieve that.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical tutu 100%
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I have started a small business called fouetté blooms so I have been working on that. But I love to do lots of strengthening work.