I had the chance recently to ask Chelsea Stewart some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Chelsea is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with grace and elegance. Her passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dancing at about 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m currently in my first year at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I think I was about 12 when I first started so 7 years now
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I’m wearing Bloch Aspirations at the moment but I’ve worn many before, Capezio is another of my faves
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I was a bit of a bambi when I was younger so my mum put me in a ballet class so I could try gain some control of my limbs!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have recently been doing Giselle which I absolutely love. It’s the perfect combination of artistry and technique for me: so challenging in both!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Royal New Zealand Ballet one day
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
There are a few. One of the best for me is when you finish a solo or piece on stage and the feeling of elation that this brings! Being proud of what you achieved.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
There are too many to name. I love Skylar Brandt, she is absolutely beautiful.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
This is tricky. I’ve received so much incredible advice from many teachers. One of my teachers once said to me to never compare myself to others but instead see what works for them and try to apply it because maybe it can help me improve
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
I think everything is so much easier to see in hindsight so who knows if my younger self would actually believe me but I think I would say that not everything has to be perfect all time. Things go wrong in performances and that’s ok, it’s always a work in progress
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The sense of accomplishment when you finally mail something that you have been working hard on. On and off stage
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Sometimes getting out of bed in the morning lol. Essentially, the insane fatigue you get sometimes/ all the time
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”?
Oh absolutely. I think every dancer does. But as always, we get ourselves up and into the studio, work hard and hope that it will be different tomorrow or the next day. And eventually you always find that pure joy and fall in love all over again
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical. They are just so pretty. Although I adore the look of turns in a romantic
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Unfortunately I have had my fair share of injuries. My ankles have always been lacking in strength which is something I’ve worked on constantly for many years now. And this weakness has lead to a number of posterior and anterior impingements of my ankles. But injuries are always a chance to get stronger and fitter, no matter how horrible they make us feel
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Exploring Perth, swimming, watching Netflix of course, strengthening at the gym, hanging out with friends and roomies. Pretty boring stuff 😜