I had the chance recently to ask Amity Gentle some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Amity is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible grace and elegance. Her love for ballet is fantastic. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
Started dance when I was 3
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently dance at Queensland national ballet full time
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been on pointe for 9 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear grishko fouetté
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I watched the Russian ballet then became obsessed with it
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favourite variation is dying swan from carnival of the animals and canary from sleeping beauty
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to dance for bolshoi or Moscow ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
Getting into Joffrey ballet in 2019
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Lee cunxin and Anna pavlova
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
That as long as you try hard it doesn’t matter if you fail
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
That it doesn’t matter if someone has better legs or body than you because if you work harder than them you are more likely to succeed
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Getting cheered for after dancing something you’ve worked hard for
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Dealing with the blood blisters and injuries
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’ve never wanted to quit dance
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Romantic and classical tutus are both very pretty but I love the way romantic tutus go with your movements
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I have no cartilage in my body so I’ve always suffered injuries since I was young but the main one I have is my knee popping out of place and I’ve sprained me ankle very badly last term
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I’m usually doing school work since I’m doing distance education but when I’m not dancing and doing school work and usually doing art