I had the chance recently to ask Bri Skehan some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Bri is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance, her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Queensland National Ballet School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
There was a TV show called The Fairies that I loved when I was little. They always did ballet. My mum said that I used to walk around the house on my tippy toes, so she enrolled me into my first ballet class
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Aurora’s Wedding Variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I love Royal Ballet and I also love Houston Ballet as well. But I’m always open to other opportunities.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Performances are always where I make some of my favourite memories!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Nunez, Yasmine Naghdi, Clare Morehan, Justine Summers, Karen Donovan!!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Dance for yourself, not to prove anything to anyone else
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Be patient, everything comes with time
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing and evoking emotion from audience members
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Constantly struggling with my body image
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”?
Those days happen fairly often! But then I get into the studio and start dancing and it just reassures that this is what I want to do as a career!
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I had a knee injury at the start of this year but it’s all healed now
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I enjoy cooking, doing craft and watching Netflix!