Q&A With Australian Ballerina Bri Skehan

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?

Grishko Novas

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?

Classical 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!

Categories: Ballet

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