I had the opportunity recently to ask Landrie Adams some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Landire is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with phenomenal grace and passion, her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started dance when I was three but got super serious when I was 7 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m currently with Boston Ballet School and also Samantha Shelton BTP
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for about 8 years now. Started when I eight years old currently 15
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Bloch Heritage pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My sister started and my mum put me in it cause I also had so much energy. Then I feel in love with it
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love Gamzatti from la bayadere
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Boston, San Francisco, Hubbard street, lines ballet, Ballet West, ABT. The list is endless
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
One of my solos I got to do was to dance for my uncle who was very sick at the time and it will forever be the greatest moment seeing him smile. Unfortunately he’s no longer with us he’s still watching over me
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Katie Boren. She’s absolutely incredible. She is and does everything that I want to be when I’m older
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Being a very technical dancer can only bring you so far. It’s what you feel and do with your gift that changes everything
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Even when life gets a little rough keep fighting and doing what you love. Don’t be to hard on yourself, it’s the journey
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Being able to inspire others and just doing what I love everyday
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Missing out of other things. It’s a huge commitment and sometimes it’s hard to miss out on things
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 think we all hit a point where we think that but I love what I do. I never wanna take anything else I would never want to do anything else
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I had two stress fractures in my shin. The worst pain I have ever felt in my life. But I had the support of my family and my friends that got me through it
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I LOVE singing and hanging with friends and family and boxing😊