I had the chance recently to ask Ana Smith some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ana is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance, her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started when I was 4 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Texas Ballet Theater School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Nikolay 3007’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My parents put me in ballet when I was four and as I’ve gotten older I’ve just fallen in love with it more and more!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I really love Dulcinea and Giselle act 1
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I really like Houston Ballet and San Francisco ballet!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Being in Ben Stevenson’s Nutcracker every holiday season!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
The dancer I look up to most is Marianela Nunez
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Its just ballet, not brain surgery 🙂
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, just go for it!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing! I enjoy it and I hope the people watching enjoy it as well.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Turns have always been a big challenge for me
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”?
To me this is a “normal” teenage life, I’ve done ballet my whole life and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. Everyday I come to the studio I try to be better than myself the day before.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Nothing super serious, just some hip and knee things here and there.
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to make jewellry!