I had the chance recently to ask Haley Breslin some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Haley is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage incredible poise and grace, her love for ballet is amazing. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet when i was 3, so 13 years ago
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Viktor Yeliohin’s international Ballet Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 7 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Russian pointe but have tried almost every brand
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet because my older sister danced
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
Currently my favorite variation is either the paquita wedding variation or pas d’esclave from le corsaire.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company would be Pennsylvania ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory would be going to the National Ballet competition in Wilmington Delaware. It was such a great experience and i learned so much
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
A dancer that inspires me is Indiana Woodward. She has such a positive attitude and gives the best advice
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice i’ve received from a teacher is to remember to dance for yourself and not for someone else. As dancers we tend to work for someone else’s praise but we need to remember why we love what we do
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
The advice I would give a young version of myself is to keep a positive attitude, always be open to new ideas and to stretch more than I did when I was younger:)
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is seeing how far you have come. Each day you grow and improve a little more and it’s a good reminder that you are always improving and are better than you were yesterday
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballerina is comparing yourself to others. I personally struggle with this a lot and I try to remind myself that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses
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 I have had those days, but I just love dance so much and sometimes it’s helpful to just put on your favorite song and let your body move and it will speak for itself and you will remember why you love this path
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love classical tutus
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Luckily I have not suffered from any serious injuries
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Other than dancing, I love to hang out with friends, my family, and my church. I love love to be outside!