I had the chance recently to ask Savannah Quiner some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Savannah is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
At the age of 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
At the ABT JKO School
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
For 9 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I where Grishkos
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My older sisters did ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
That’s a hard one. I don’t really have a favorite but some that I like are Swan Lake Odette Act 2, Swanilda from Coppélia, and Giselle Act 1 variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
ABT has always been my dream company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
A couple highlights were performing in the ABT’s 2019 summer intensive, performing Odette in Hunterdon Hills Ballet’s 2019 Spring Show, and performing the Sugarplum Fairy for Hunterdon Hills Ballet’s Nutcracker
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I have a lot but to name a few I love watching Hee Seo, Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, Sarah Lane, and Catherine Hurlin
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
I’ve gotten a lot of good advice from all my teachers. The one I think of at the moment is, “Dance like your expensive,” – Robert La Fosse
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t hold back. Give it your all.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Performing and seeing your progress
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The long hours of classes which was especially hard during quarantine
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 when I was little I actually didn’t like ballet
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No. But I do have shin splints that can get really painful sometimes
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time with my family while watching movies or playing board games, I crochet sometimes or work on a craft, and I love taking a tub or anything relaxing.