I had the opportunity recently to ask Poppi Eccleston some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Poppi is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible grace and elegance, her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started when I was 8
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I am dancing at the Dutch National Ballet Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for 5 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I am wearing energetiks/ Russian pointe
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I started with jazz and musical theatre then decided to give ballet a go
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love all paquita variations
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for the Dutch national ballet company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Dancing at the Prix de Lausanne was by far my favourite dance memory
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My biggest role model is Alessandra Ferri
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
This one’s hard… probably to be myself and put my own character into dance, that’s what directors want to see
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Probably to not be so hard on myself all the time and love what I have and can do
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The feeling I get being able to perform
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Personally body struggles and injuries
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”?
Obviously days have been very hard but I don’t think I’ve ever really wanted to give up dancing
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Yes I have had a few ankle/feet injuries which have been quite a struggle
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time with friends