I had the chance recently to ask Taylah Woodberry some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Taylah is an amazing dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is fantastic. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 12 1/2
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I dance currently at Benedict Manniegel Ballet Academy in Munich, Germany
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 4 or 5 years now
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear energetiks pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I started ballet because my friend was doing it and I immediately fell in love with it
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I have a few favourites – Swan Lake pas de trois, Dulcinea variation from Don Quixote and Paquita 2 lead variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I’m not sure what company I would love to work for yet.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
I have too many great memories from ballet. But I love dancing with my best friends
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Yasmine Naghdi, Fumi Kaneko, Neneka Yoshida, Mia Heathcote
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
My teacher drilled into my head that your the only person who can make you work your hardest to achieve your end goal/s
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
I would tell my younger self to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that comes your way
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is performing on stage and entertaining audiences. Plus you get to do what you love
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing I found being a ballerina is the body image
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 had hard times and thought about quitting but I remember that this what I love and it makes me happy to do something that I enjoy
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Classical, but I love both
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I actually haven’t suffered a serious injury, just minor ankle injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to spend time with my family and friends or go shopping.