I had the chance recently to ask Cassidy Doan some questions about her journey as a ballerina, Cassidy is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with 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 only three! I didn’t begin my professional training until I was 13 though
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I used to dance with Houston Ballet Academy before the pandemic hit
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe for 6 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear suffolk stellars size 5.5 N
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved in ballet with my local ballet studio, Southland ballet academy. I trained there for 12 years! they’re the reason why I love ballet
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My favorite variation would have to be Juliet variation or Giselle act 1!
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for Houston Ballet or ABT
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite moment would be performing at the Lincoln center at NY finals. I loved dancing with all of those talented people and being with my mom & dance teacher backstage
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Tyler Donatelli and Skylar Brandt are definitely my ballet role models. they’re SO AMAZING
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Best advice? hmm. that’s tough. All of my teacher just share so much of their wisdom and are always there to guide me. I would say: Do whatever you love most, and share your passion with the rest of the world!
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Advice to my younger self? Don’t push yourself too hard. Enjoy every moment, and don’t take the performance opportunities for granted.
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is being able move so freely and gracefully. I also loveee the pointe shoes!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Yeah, I said pointe shoes are the best thing. They’re also the worst lol.
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 DEFINITELY have wanted to given up ballet sometimes. to be honest, I even felt like I should have chosen an easier career during corona or be a “normal teenager.” I’ve worked too hard to give up now, thus far
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
I actually love romantic tutus!
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Yes I suffered from Osgood-Shlatter disease when I 13. Because I was dancing so much, I had bad pain in my knee ligament that I had to take a break for a few months
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When in not dancing, I love to spend time with my friends and family! I have also been volunteering for the community, even virtually. Lately I’ve been studying lots for college applications and spending valuable time at home with my family.