I had the chance recently to ask Jasmine Gruar some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jasmine is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with great poise and grace. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was six years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Ballet Theatre Australia!
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?
I loved watching ballet on tv, and my nana and mum would love watching me dance at home
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
So many to choose from! I love the flute variation from Suite en Blanc
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Doing comps with my amazing friends last year, we would have so much fun
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
So many! I love Maria Khoreva, Misty Copeland, Svetlena Zhakarova, Marianela Nunez, and Natalia Osipova
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Always show who you are on stage, and why you are a dancer
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Never hold back and take every opportunity you can!
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The discipline on working every tiny movement to its maximum capacity, it takes years to get right.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
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”?
Definitely! Especially while working from home some days I have been a bit unmotivated, but then you remember why you dance and how much you love it.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love classical Tutus, but romantic are gorgeous
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Not a serious injury, but I’ve had a few little niggles that have required me to sit out for a bit
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love modeling!