I had the opportunity recently to ask Tori Gibbons some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Tori is a fantastic dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I train at Academy of Balletic Arts and Forte Dance Academy
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 6 years, I got my first pair at 10 years old
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear Russian Pointe Rubin Radiance
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I used to watch my older sister in ballet class and always wanted to join in but wasn’t allowed to start classes until I was 3
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love the Tchaikovsky PDD variation
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for English National Ballet or Joffrey but I’d be grateful to work for any company
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite dance memory is dancing with London Children’s Ballet at the West End
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Marianela Núñez and Alina Cojocaru
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t listen to the people who told you that you weren’t good enough
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Getting to meet people who share the same passion
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Trying to balance school work and dance
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”?
Never, I’m lucky that most my friends are very supportive of me dancing
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Both I love them equally for many different reasons
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Luckily I haven’t had a serious injury
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I’m running my own business @_floralbunsco