Month: October 2020

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Stephanie Little-Hales

I had the opportunity recently to ask Stephanie Little-Hales some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Stephanie is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal poise and elegance, her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started at around 10 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Melbourne conservatoire of ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

Around 7-8 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always had an interest in dancing and my sister wanted to try hip-hop but our mum said we should try ballet, so we enrolled in a local dance school

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The Royal Ballets Sugar Plum Fairy

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would be happy to work for any company big or small, but I’ve always loved Houston Ballet

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favourite moments are always dancing on stage, it’s so fun to portray different roles and seeing my friends

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Marianella Nunez and Yasmine Naghdi and many more

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Keep smiling, if you show the audience that you messed up they’ll notice, but keep smiling and they won’t notice a thing

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Don’t be so hard on yourself

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Being able to dance on stage and create joy for the audience, and the discipline is a good life lesson

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

It’s very hard to have the certain look that everyone is looking for, and it takes a toll on you physically and mentally

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”?

Luckily I did after school ballet all the way till year 12 where I graduated and then started a more serious approach to ballet with full time. There are many times where I feel I should get a ‘normal’ job and quit ballet, but I want to see how far I can take this profession as its a big dream of mine

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I love classical tutus

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I’ve had a few injuries but thankfully nothing extreme

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I try to catch up with old friends and enjoy time with my family on days out on the weekend

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Lucy Cozens

I had the chance recently to ask Lucy Cozens some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Lucy is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with great poise and beauty. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 4 years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I’m currently training at National College of Dance in Newcastle.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I’ve been on pointe for about 4 years, starting when I was 12

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I’m currently wearing Bloch Synthesis

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with dance because my sister was dancing and I wanted to do the same thing! I danced multiple styles like jazz, tap, contemporary, character, but ballet of course won my heart

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love so many variations because every single one is all different and unique, but my favourite would have to be Kitri Act 1 from Don Quixote, 2nd Shade from La Bayadere & Medora Act 3 from Le Cosaire

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

: Any company, big or small I would love to work for, as long as I’m doing what I love but I would really love to work for ABT & Leipziger Ballett

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I love everything about ballet but two of my favourite moments is finally achieving something you’ve been working so hard for and performing on stage

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My role models in ballet would have to be Natalia Osipova, Iana Salenka and Sylar Brandt. They are all completely different dancers with different strengths but they show so much love, dedication and passion for dance when they perform which draws me in

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve ever received is; Always remember that a dancer isn’t amazing because of their technique, they’re amazing because of their passion!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice I’d give my younger self is don’t waste time comparing yourself to someone else or wishing you could do something that someone else can do, focus on you and you only, focus on the growth and knowledge of your journey and never stop working for what you want!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

All of it! The journey to getting where you are now, all the hard work that’s put into making everything the best it can be, learning discipline from a young age that can help you anywhere and the proud moments of showing off you work, forgetting about everything and just performing!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a ballerina is not seeing the improvement you are hoping or wanting to see, but knowing that even if you aren’t noticing it, you are always improving and to never stop believing in yourself

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”?

I’ve never seriously thought of giving up but I have had days where I don’t have a lot of motivation or I’m having a “bad day”, but I always think about my goals and what I’m working towards and telling myself that every bit counts and that always seems to make me work even harder on those kind of days.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both are so different and I love both but I’d have to go with classical tutu.

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

No, I’ve been quite fortunate to not have had a serious injury (touch wood), but I’ve had minor setbacks where I might’ve had to not do certain moves or exercises but nothing major. I did have time off due to a minor surgery in September 2019, but I wouldn’t consider it an injury

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time when I’m not dancing, I love to do Pilates, go to the beach and go for bike rides and walks. I also love to read and journal.

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Lucy Harris

I had the opportunity recently to ask Lucy Harris some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Lucy is an incredible dancer, she graces the stage with grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet at age 13!

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing with the Victorian State Ballet Company as a Pre-professional artist.

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been dancing en pointe for about 5years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear the new Bloch Synthesis Pointe Shoes, and I absolutely love them!

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

Dancing was something I always found so magical and loved watching, especially the ballet, so I finally decided to give it a try for myself and went to my first dance class at 13!!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I absolutely love watching sleeping beauty😍 I find it such a magical ballet, but I don’t think couldn’t choose just one variation!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to continue working with the Victorian State Ballet Company, it is such a supportive and inspiring environment which is amazing to be a part of!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Definitely going to my first pointe class! It was such an exciting experience😆

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

My biggest role model would have to be Misty Copeland! She also started ballet at a much later age compared to most of her peers as I did, she inspires me to feel like anything is possible when you work hard enough😊

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

Although this is probably seen as very cliche, one of the most important pieces of advice I received from a teacher was, hard work is the key! If you put your mind to something and put in the effort you will see results and achieve your dreams!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice I would give my younger self is take every opportunity that is offered to you! Anything you can do to gain experience and learn from all different people is so incredibly valuable!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Personally, I think one of the best thing about being a ballerina is being able to do what I love all day everyday, with an amazing group of people who are all just as passionate about dancing as I am!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

One of the hardest things I have had to overcome as a ballerina is learning to listen to my body. As dancers we often feel we are expected to go, go, go, as its the career we have chosen and worked for, but like anyone sometimes we need to take a step back and relax, allow time for recovery and take some time to look after ourselves.

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”?

There have been days like this for sure, but for me the hardest days are what lead to the biggest reward! It is such a fun, enjoyable experience going through the process of putting in the hard work at training and rehearsals in preparation for a show and then seeing it come to life on stage and being able to perform something everyone can come to watch and enjoy💕 For me this is what makes the hard work so worth it!

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I would have to say classical💖

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

As I mentioned previously I have had to learn how to listen to my body as a way to help manage ongoing acute injuries and prevent then from becoming anything more concerning

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

Dancing full time means a very busy lifestyle, with constant rehearsals and performances so when I get some free time I love just hanging out with friends and family, going to the beach and watching movies!!

Q&A With Australian Ballerina Liz Williams

I recently had the opportunity to ask Liz some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Liz is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was 4 🙂

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Tanya Pearson classics coaching academy

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

4-5 years I think

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Bloch axiom but I’m trying out Grishko 2007

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I’ve danced pretty much my whole life but only really found interest through moving to a new school and my teachers encouraging me

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I love so many but an all time favourite would be Giselle act 1

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Anywhere would be nice but my dream company would be Royal Ballet and Paris Opera

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

A special memory would be when I got my first pair pointe shoes. I was so excited that day but I had no idea how much they would hurt later aha

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Teachers are there to help you and want to see you go places and sometimes you have to remember that when things get hard

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

To not take everything to heart and to keep on pushing through.

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

To not doubt myself. I spent so much of my time worrying about how much I needed to improve rather than putting time and focus on improving

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

How rewarding it can be. Although it maybe really tough it makes it all worth it when you can see progress

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Thinking negatively. It can be hard when you stand in a mirror all day pointing out your flaws but you have to remember what you are working for

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 of course! We all have those days where you wish you could go back to school and live a ‘normal’ life but if you love what you do then it won’t feel like an obligation but something you enjoy everyday

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Yes, 2 years ago I got a stress fracture in my right foot and it unfortunately inflamed again early March this year

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

On the weekends I love to read, watch movies and go to the beach. I also really like to play piano and sometimes in the holidays go ice-skating.

Q&A With New Zealand Ballerina Phoebe Watson

I had the chance recently to ask Phoebe Watson some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Phoebe is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with poise and elegance. Her dedication to ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started tap dancing when I was four years old and began ballet at 5

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Dance Institute Tauranga

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

5 years. I started pointe when I was 11

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear Energetiks Bella

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I always loved dancing around the house when I was young and so my mum looked into dance schools where we lived and I joined one as soon as I was old enough

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

So many! My fave two are Gamzatti from la Bayadere and Kitris wedding

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is my dream company but I would be honoured to work with any!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Every time I work for something and then achieve it, that is the best feeling

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, Dusty Button and so many more

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

What you put in, you will always get out, even if it takes longer than you think.

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

To have more confidence in myself, you can only get better with hard work!

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Not everything about being a dancer is perfect, but I am so lucky to be where I am today! The feeling of performing is unlike anything else

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

There are many physical and mental hardships being a ballerina but they are all worth it. The pressure to be better, the competition and the sore muscles are all part of it!

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”?

I still have days where I question myself or feel like giving up but you just have to keep pushing or you get stuck in those feelings

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Both!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I’ve been lucky enough to never have any very serious injuries. But I have sometimes had small injuries which is one of the hardest things about dancing and there is definitely always a fear of falling behind

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

In my free time I love to cook, hang out with friends, travel or paint!

Q&A With American Ballerina Jayne Naylor

I had the chance recently to ask Jayne Naylor some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Jayne is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with grace and beauty. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

Age 10

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Hudson Conservatory of Ballet

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

3 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Suffolk Solo

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My grandma and mom took me to a ballet movie and I fell in love so we searched for a studio that was strictly ballet

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Fairy doll

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

Boston Ballet!!!

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Right before going on stage to perform

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Dusty button, Julia Doughy, Skyler Brant & Ted Kivit

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

. Don’t let anybody stand in the way of your dreams

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

It will get better

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

You feel unique and feel like you have something to express yourself with

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The bullies and the people that try to discourage you

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, lots of times in the beginning of my ballet years. However, I always looked forward to my dream of being a professional ballerina and that meant more to me than anything else.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

I almost tore my ACL

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I like to workout and play with my puppy.

Q&A With American Ballerina Katelyn Power

I had the chance recently to ask Katelyn Power some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Katelyn is an excellent dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion and love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was 3, but I only began focusing more on ballet when I was 8

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I dance at Ballet Forte NJ

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for a little over 6 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear the Bloch Eurostretch pointe shoes.

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I first got involved with dance because my mom wanted me to stop walking on my tip toes when I was really little! Then I got more into ballet because when I moved, the closest studio was a ballet studio

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

Right now my favorite variation is the Giselle Act 1 (with the hops), but I love all the ones that I have competed with so far.

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work with any company given the opportunity, but ABT would definitely be the dream.

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

One of my favorite memories from ballet is from right after I finished performing the Aurora Act 1 variation at a competition. I had enjoyed performing it so much that I started happy-crying a little bit! Other dancers backstage gave me weird looks because they thought I was upset with my performance haha! I ended up placing first for the first time ever with that performance, which was truly unreal!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Some dancers that inspire me are Skylar Brandt, Maria Khoreva, Kathryn Morgan, and Isabella Boyelston

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

. Some of the best advice that I have ever received from a teacher was to focus more on the experience than the outcome, because no matter what happens, there will always be things to learn from and can help me grow!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

Advice I would give to my younger self would be not to care so much about the littlest mistakes or other people’s actions

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

My favorite thing about being a ballerina is always having something to fall back on. Even as the world changes around me, I can always dance

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

. One of the hardest things about being a ballerina for me is not getting discouraged and only focusing on progress rather than stressing about anything that is ultimately insignificant

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”?

Of course it can be hard to stay motivated, and I definitely have had those days. However, I try to just let myself acknowledge my emotions and understand that they are normal yet temporary

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

I like belle/European tutus the most! Kind of a mix of both 🙂

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Fortunately, I have never had a serious injury! My only “injury” that has caused me to have to stop dancing for a couple days was when I pulled my hamstring once

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

My favorite things to do in my free time are hang out with my friends, make TikToks, and go into NYC!

Q&A With Dutch Ballerina Ella-Joy Boog

I recently had the chance to ask Ella-Joy some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Ella-Joy is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with amazing beauty and poise. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses

Q1: When did you start ballet?

When I was only four years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

Codarts Rotterdam

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

About seven year now

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I wear grishko’s they are my favorite

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

By watching Angelina ballerina

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

The Cupid variation from Don Quixote

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I don’t have a preference I would be so happy if any company would want me later

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

Just being on stage

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

Salome Leverashvili and Timothy van Poucke

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

To enjoy everything that comes onto your path

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

It’s okay to sometimes feel a little down , you’ll get back in there and be even better and stronger

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

Giving joy and to inspire people

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

Having to leave behind a lot of things , it’s worth it tho 😉

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”?

I had those days but then I watched a ballet movies and videos online and then I got all my power back , I thought yes this is what I’m working for this is what I want to become

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

 I love romantic tutus

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Not really bad injuries thankfully but I did have shin splints about two years ago

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

I love to draw , paint and spend time with loved ones.

Q&A With American Ballerina Julia Drusch

I had the chance recently to ask Julia Drusch some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Julia is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and beauty. Her passion for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started dancing when I was three years old

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I am currently dancing at Art Ballet Academy in Arlington TX

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been on point for about 7 years

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

Right now, I am in the Nikolay Nova pointe shoe

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

My older sister danced when she was younger, so my mom thought it would be a good idea for me to try it as well

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

My favorite variation is either Satanella or Black Swan

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

I would love to work for any company that wants to work with me, but ABT and SFB have always been some of my dream companies

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

My favorite moments in ballet are being backstage and getting into that mindset of performing. Even though there are lots of butterflies and nerves, it always feels surreal to be standing in the wings about to step out on the stage and give it your all.

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

There are so many amazing and inspiring people in ballet, but I especially love following Tanya Trombly, Marienela Nunez, all of the dancers from ABT, and so many more!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve received from my teachers is to push yourself harder than what you think you can do, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you put aside those mental blocks.

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

If I were to give my younger self advice it would be to soak up every correction that the teacher gives, even if it is not meant for you. There is always something to improve on and taking others corrections and applying them to yourself has really been a great tool.

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

The best thing about being a dancer is the ability to do what I love, and share my passion and drive with others

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

The hardest thing about being a dancer is the sheer competition within the dance community because there are so many amazing dancers out there

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”?

There have been times where things seem to get too hard or unattainable, and sometimes being a “normal” teenager seems so nice, but when I give myself time to think I always remember that ballet is my passion, and always will be.

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu for sure!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

About two years ago, I had a stress fracture in my left foot that had me out for about 7 weeks, and that was a very hard time for me. Luckily with the encouragement of my family and coaches, I was able to get back on my feet to perform our Nutcracker.

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing I love hanging out with my friends since I usually don’t get to spend a lot of time with them. I also love watching movies and playing board games!

Q&A With British Ballerina Charlotte Carvosso

I had the opportunity recently to ask Charlotte Carvosso some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charlotte is a fantastic dancer, she has incredible passion and dedication to ballet. Below are her responses.

Q1: When did you start ballet?

I started ballet when I was 3 years old and knew I wanted to do it professionally from a young age

Q2: Where do you currently dance?

I currently dance at a local ballet school but I will be auditioning for full-time vocational ballet schools this year!

Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?

I have been en pointe for almost 3 years!

Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?

I currently wear Russian Pointe ‘Encore’ pointe shoes

Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?

I started ballet as a hobby and my passion for it has grown ever since!

Q6: What is your favourite variation?

I have so many favourite variations but I love the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ or any from The Sleeping Beauty!

Q7: What company would you love to work for?

It would be a dream come true to work with any ballet company but my favourites in the UK are: The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Theatre UK

Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?

I have so many memories from ballet but my favourite would have to be when I got my first pair of pointe shoes as I reached a huge milestone in my career!

Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.

I have many idols in ballet but Marianela Nunez is one of my favourites!

Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?

The best advice I’ve been given is to work hard because you never know until you try and anything is possible with hard work and determination!

Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?

. I would tell the younger version of myself to work hard, always give 110% and never give up.

Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?

I think the best thing about being a ballerina is being onstage in full costume and makeup performing in front of an audience, doing what I enjoy the most and knowing all of the hard work has paid off!

Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?

What I have found the hardest about being a ballerina is the feeling of being judged and worrying about whether I’m good enough or not.

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”?

I have wondered what a ‘normal teenage life’ would be like and there have been days I felt like giving up but I think it’s important to understand everyone has bad days and it’s how we come back from them that matters! I can’t imagine my life without ballet and I have never wanted anything as much as I want to be a professional ballerina!

Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?

Classical tutu 100%!

Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?

Luckily I have never suffered from a serious injury caused by ballet but like most dancers I have had the sprained ankle and pulled muscle! I think it’s very important for dancers to look after their bodies and listen to them – if something is hurting; stop

Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?

When I’m not dancing I love to spend time with my friends and family. I think it’s important to have other interests alongside dance as long as they don’t distract you from your main goal!