I had the chance recently to ask Charley Jennings some questions about her journey as a ballerina. Charley is an amazing dancer, she graces the stage with incredible poise and elegance. Her passion for ballet is phenomenal. Below are her responses.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at the age of three
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train at the Annette Roselli Dance Academy in the elite training program
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I have been en pointe since I was 12 so 4 years!
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grisko 2007’s
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
I first got involved with ballet because I told my mum I wanted to be like Angelina ballerina!
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
My all time favourite variation would have to be Raymonda dream variation or Giselle
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
I would love to work for any ballet company as it is such an honour to be able to get into a company!
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite moments/ memories in ballet are performing on stage and meeting my amazing friends for the first time!
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
My ballet role model would have to be Marianela Núñez!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
The best advice I have ever received from a teacher is that you do not have to be born with talent or anything going for you as long as you work hard and have a good mindset you can achieve greatness
Q11: Advise you’d give a young version of yourself?
I would tell my younger self to not compare myself to other as we are all on different roads to different destinations
Q12: Best thing about being a ballerina?
The best thing about being a ballerina is seeing all the blood sweat and tears pay off when you perform. It is such an amazing feeling!
Q13: Hardest thing about being a ballerina?
The hardest thing about being a ballerina is always wanting to be perfect and knowing that nothing will ever be perfect in ballet!
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”?
Some days are extremely tough in ballet! Some days you are sore and exhausted and getting out of bed is very tough but I have never had a second thought about wanting to become a professional ballet dancer it has always been my goals no matter how exhausted I was or are.
Q15: Classical or romantic tutu?
Both are so stunning! If I had to pick I would say classical.
Q16: Have you ever suffered a serious injury?
I have suffered two serious injuries being a broken ankle and a dislocated knee! Luckily I had many people around me supporting me to recover and become stronger then ever!
Q17: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love spending time with my friends and family when I’m not dancing as through the week I am so busy!