I had the chance recently to ask Piper Panek some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Piper is a fantastic dancer, she graces the stage with elegance and grace. Her love for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
When I was 3 years old
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
West Point Ballet
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
About 4 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom was a ballerina and she put me in ballet at a young age
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love Aurora act 1
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
Any would be a dream, but maybe Royal Ballet or American Ballet Theatre
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
One of my favorite ballet memories was when I was given the opportunity to preform in Italy
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My teachers are a huge inspiration to me and my mom. A dancer that I love to watch is Sylvie Guillem, she is such an inspiration
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
Treat every day like it is your last day dancing
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Always give it all you have and never give up
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
I love dancing to show my art to other people that may not know what doing ballet is like or the dedication it takes to be a ballerina.
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
It is probably the intricate footwork and the time that ballet takes up working in the studio
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, there was a time that I felt like giving up and wanting to have a normal life , but ballet is what I love so i stuck with it and I know that was the right decision
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
No, lucky I have never had a serious injury
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I like hanging with my friends and family when not at dance.