I recently had the chance to ask Kelsey some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Kelsey is a phenomenal dancer, she takes to the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is incredible. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at the age of 5 but I became much more serious about it at age 14
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
My studio recently went out of business due to COVID-19 but I’m in the process of finding a new one
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe for 3 years.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Suffolk Sonnet
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My mom put me in ballet class when I was little but I never really enjoyed it until I saw a preformance at age 14 and decided it was my passion.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
There’s so many variations I love but the sugarplum fairy variation holds a special place in my heart
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My favorite company is probably the New York City ballet, dancing with them would be a dream
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory of ballet is probably my first recital after I went to a more challenging school and started working very hard. My father was so proud of me, I came off stage and we both cried. One of my favorite memories in general
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Michaela DePrince is the most inspiring dancer and I absolutely adore her. She’s definitely my role model!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“Don’t try, do.”
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
Don’t worry about how good others are, don’t compare. Everyone is on their own journey
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
Getting to be apart of something special, being able to have a place where the rest of the issues in the world just cant impact me, and being around the people that I’ve met
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
Hardest thing would probably be actually getting myself to regularly stretch and work hard
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 do have days where I’m frustrated and I don’t see the point, but then I remember that ballet has made me who I am today and has really helped me grow as a person
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Depends on the ballet but probably classical.
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
When I’m not dancing I like to spend time with my friends 🙂