I had the chance recently to ask Brett Rule some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Brett is a phenomenal dancer, she graces the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at the age of 3 when my mom opened her studio!
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Houston Ballet Academy as a Pro 1
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for 9 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear custom Capezio pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet when my mom opened her studio!!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation is probably Tchaikovsky Pas or White Swan
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to be in the company at Houston Ballet or American Ballet Theatre
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
All of my favorite memories involve dancing, so I could not possibly choose one!!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
I’m continuously inspired by Wendy Whelan, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Megan Fairchild, and Sara Mearns!!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I’ve ever received from a teacher is to be the best version of myself and not to compare myself to others
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
If I could give my younger self advice I would say to not compare myself to others and to remember to have fun.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
I think the best thing about being a ballerina is working so hard everyday and being able to see my hard work pay off
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
I think the hardest thing about being a ballerina is trying to make everything seem so effortless, when it really is so difficult
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”?
Even though ballet is so difficult, I’ve never had a time where I wanted to quit because of the hard work. I love challenges and pushing myself, so I love ballet
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I love both!! But my favorite is a romantic tutu
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I did have to have surgery in between my fourth and pinky toes because of a bad corn. Before I had surgery, I had blood poisoning from a blister popping in my toe, which resulted in my toe being infected with E.Coli. I had to wear a cast and boot for 7 weeks!
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time with my family and friends when I am not dancing. I especially love spending time with my grandparents every weekend.