I had the chance recently to ask Cassie Pace some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Cassie is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible grace and poise. Her love for ballet is fantastic. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Started ballet at the age of 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
Ablaze Dance Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
For around 5 years now
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
Before I could walk I always had an interest so my mum enrolled me at the very young age of 3
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Would love to work with Sydney Dance Company doing Contemporary
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Always when I’m with my friends and working with my amazing teachers
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Autumn Miller, Misty Copeland
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
‘No one’s perfect’
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Believe in yourself because you’ve got this
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Learning new steps which allows me to always be challenging myself
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Not giving up and persisting continuously
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 100%! As I’m currently completing the HSC, there has been many difficulties when trying to prioritise school as well as dance and even till this day there’s always the question of ‘will I ever make it?’
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Torn a ligament in my foot is probably the most serious
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I work between two casual jobs, in addition to studying for the HSC. Otherwise simply catching up with friends