I had the opportunity recently to ask Ruby Keast some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ruby is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is phenomenal, Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing when I was 5
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Sonja Dene Dance Studios
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Bloch pointe shoes with the style grace
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I guess I just wanted to start dancing
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Queen of the Dryads or one from Giselle
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Either the Australian ballet or one in Europe but I’ve never really had a favourite
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Not really one particular memory I just love my classes and I love dancing with my friends
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I think that all professional dancers are amazing but some of my favourite would be Misty Copeland and Marianela Nunez
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
You have to dance for you and because you love it not because others want you to
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Doesn’t matter how talented you are when you start, the people who get the furthest are the ones who try the hardest
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
You get to make people smile when you dance
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
A lot of time, very mentally and physically hard on your body
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”?
Yes I have but then I think ‘what would I do without dance like I would miss it so much’ and also I love it
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No but I have Achilles issues which sucks
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Read, sew & draw